Ambulyx wildei Miskin, 1891
(one synonym: Oxyambulyx ceramensis Joicey & Talbot, 1921)
SMERINTHINAE,   SPHINGIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are brown with a pattern of dark lines, and a dark spot near the base the hind-margin of each forewing. The males are greyish or greenish brown. The females are pinkish brown. The females are about 10% larger than the males, both having a wingspan of approximately 10 cms.

Ambulyx wildei
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species occurs in Australasia including:

  • New Guinea,

    and Australia in:

  • Queensland.

    The moths differ from Ambulyx dohertyi in having no dark marks by the forewing tornus.


    Further reading :

    William Henry Miskin,
    A Revision of Australian Sphingidae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 8, Part 1 (1891), pp. 20-21.

    Maxwell S. Moulds, James P. Tuttle and David A. Lane.
    Hawkmoths of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 13 (2020),
    pp. 66-67, Plates 75, 84.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 205.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 170.


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    (updated 12 November 2011, 15 February 2015, 9 December 2020)