Langia tropicus Moulds, 1983
(also known as : Imber tropicus)
SMERINTHINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Joss & Craig Dunster, Derby, Western Australia)

This Caterpillar is green with a very small pink horn on the tail. There are also pink tubercles around the head and tail.


(Photo: courtesy of Joss & Craig Dunster, Derby, Western Australia)

The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Boab ( Adansonia gregorii, BOMBACACEAE ).


    caterpillar with a foot fetish
    (Photo: courtesy of Joss & Craig Dunster, Derby, Western Australia)

    The wings of the adult moths of this species have a greyish brown pattern, The forewings have scalloped margins, and have a recurved inner margins. The hindwings have a recurved outer margin to the tornus. The moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms. In its resting position, the moth is inclined to curve its abdomen upward.


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The species occurs across the tropical north of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of David Knowles, Broome, Western Australia)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 42.4, p. 416.

    Maxwell Sydney Moulds,
    A new species of Langia Moore (Lepidotera: Sphingidae) from northern Australia,
    Australian Entomological Magazine,
    Volume 10, Part 5 (1983), p. 75.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 206 (listed as Imber tropicus).


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    (updated 8 November 2011, 14 December 2013, 30 December 2015, 19 February 2016)