(one synonym : Macroglossa pseudogyrans Rothschild, 1894)
MACROGLOSSINAE, SPHINGIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Simon Ong, Kununurra, Western Australia)
Early instars of this Caterpillar are green or grey with a warty tail spike. The third and fourth instars are still green or grey, with a dark dorsal line and a subdorsal pale line each side, and are covered in white dots. The final instar may or may not also develop red spots on the spiracles, a dark grey head, and black legs.
The caterpillars feed on
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 5 cms. They pupate in a cocoon incorporating ground debris. The pupa is brown with black spots on the spiracles. The small cremaster is flattened. The head has a keel shaped extension for the developing haustellum. The pupa has a length of about 3.5 cms.
The adult moths of this species are brown with a faint pattern on each forewing. The hindwings are orange shading to brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are oval and yellow, with a length of about 1 mm. They are laid on the upper and lower surfaces of young leaves of a foodplant.
This species is found in
as well as in Australia in
Maxwell S. Moulds, James P. Tuttle and David A. Lane.
Hawkmoths of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 13 (2020),
pp. 201-204, Plates 50, 76, 89.
Notes on Sphingidae, with descriptions of new species,
Volume 1, Part 1 (1894), p. 68 and also Plate 5, figure 23.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 31 (1864), p. 27.>
(updated 9 December 2005, 12 December 2020)