This page contains information about Hawk Moths and Caterpillars that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Hawk Moth Caterpillar
- Mature Hawk Moth Caterpillars are usually stout, with cylindrical hairless
body and small head. They usually have a prominent tapering horn on their
last segment. They have strong prolegs on 3, 4, 5, and 6 segments. Their
anal prolegs are strong as well. The Caterpillars are often brightly coloured, with
diagonal stripes and eyespots. They pupate in the soil or within plants litter
near their the foodplants.
- Hawk Moth adults are large size moths. They have the strong and
aerodynamic-shaped body. Their forewings
are narrow and long with smaller hind wings. They are very good flyer. They fly very
fast and long distance. They even fly backward. They can hover in flight to sip nectar from flowers using their long
tongue. When rest, they hold
their wings on body like a tent.
- Hawk Moth hovering and feeding on flowers. They usually active
just before sunset.
- Pale Brown Hawk Moth
- Theretra latreillii, moth body length 50mm, caterpillar body length
- The Pale Brown Hawk Moth Caterpillars have two colour forms, brown and
green. The brown form has the dark brown and white waves patterns on the
body. The Green form caterpillar is the same body shape, green in colour
and less patterns on the body. All of them have the curved horn on its tail
and the eyespots on the first abdominal segment. The adult moth is pale brown in colour, with two dark brown lines of
dots on each forewings. The thorax and the abdomen are the same pale brown
colour. On its head there are the big brown eyes. More information and
pictures on this page.
- Privet Hawk Moth
- Psilogramma menephron, caterpillar length 80mm
- This Caterpillar is green in colour with a straight horn on its tail
pointing backwards. There are a series of diagonal white stripes on both sides
of its strong body. In Wishart bushland there are some Privet trees along a
foot path. During early winter on one of the trees we found many of this
caterpillars feeding. Because of their camouflage colour they are not easily
be noticed. When disturbed, the Caterpillar lifts the front of its body, and
bends its head underneath. Check this page
for more information.
- Bee Hawk Moth
- Cephonodes kingii, body length 40mm
- This moth was found feeding on flowers later afternoon outside our office
in a hot summer day. It abdomen is yellow and black look like a bee. On its
back is grayish-green in colour. Its wings are transparent. It was hovering
flowers and flying like a small bird. Check this page
for more information.
- Convolvulus Hawk Moth
- Agrius convolvuli, body length 70mm
- We found this large moth (first picture) resting on a wooden stand in Brisbane City on a
summer day. The moth is grayish-brown in colour. The caterpillar is
either green or dark brown in colour with pale diagonal stripes along the
sides. It also has the curved horn on the tail. The caterpillar feed on
plants include sweet potato. Second pictures was taken on Sep 2007 in
Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.
- 1. Moths of Australia
- I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p408.
- 2. Moths
of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974,
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