Macroglossum vacillans (Walker, [1865])
(one synonym : Macroglossa pseudogyrans Rothschild, 1894)
MACROGLOSSINAE ,   SPHINGIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Drawing : by Walter Rothschild, listed as Macroglossa pseudogyrans in
Notes on Sphingidae, with descriptions of new species,
Novitates Zoologicae, Volume 1, Part 1 (1894), plate 5, figure 23.

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 3.5 cms.

This species is found in

  • Indonesia,

    and also in Australia in

  • the north of Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading:

    Walter Rothschild,
    Notes on Sphingidae, with descriptions of new species,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 1, Part 1 (1894), p. 68.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31 (1864), p. 27.


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    (updated 9 December 2005)