(one synonym : Macroglossum splendens Butler, 1892)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Gary Harris, Mission Beach, Queenlsand)
The caterpillars of this species are white with brown stripes, and have a yellow head and thorax. The tail-spike is long and black, and curves forwards. The true legs are black and the prolegs are yellow with black tips.
The adult moths have dark brown forewings with a pale patch in the middle. They have hindwings that are an even darker brown each with two white patches.
The species occurs in the south Pacific area, including:
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
Thomas P. Lucas,
Butterflies and Moths,
Descriptions of two new Butterflies and nine new Sphingidae or Hawk moths found in Queensland,
The Queenslander (Newspaper),
Saturday 2 May 1891, p. 834.
(updated 15 June 2010, 11 March 2015)