(one synonym : Sphinx vigil Guérin-Méneville, 1843)
MACROGLOSSINAE , SPHINGIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
These caterpillars have eyespots along the sides, and uniquely: a horn on the tail that curves forwards. In Australia, the caterpillars feed on:
but overseas they have been found on :
The Caterpillar pupates in a shelter of leaves joined by silk.
The adult moth is brown with a paler marginal half to each of the forewings. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species occurs from India to Fiji, including :
as well as the northern half of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 41.8, pp. 43, 410, 414.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta,
Volume 3, Part 1 (1793), p. 378, No. 68.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 201.
(updated 8 November 2011)