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Australian Privet Hawk Moth (Psilogramma casuarinae)

The Australian privet hawk moth is a member of the family of hawk moths found in Australasia. English entomologist Francis Walker first described this species in 1856.

Australian Privet Hawk Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Sphingidae
  • Genus: Psilogramma
  • Scientific Name: Psilogramma casuarinae

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

The early instars of the larvae are green, with a straight, strong horn on the tail. A series of white diagonal stripes are observed on both sides when they mature. When fully grown, they measure about 8cm.  

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

Once the larvae mature, pupation occurs. The pupa is brown and around 5 cm long.

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

When the wings are opened, a dark gray wavy pattern is seen. When the wings are closed, the same pattern remains observable.

Their abdomen also appear gray, marked with a dark line on the upper part.

Average wingspan: 9-12 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Not recorded

Psilogramma casuarinae

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Egg

They are pale green, spherical, 2 mm long, and are generally laid below the leaves of the host plant.

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionAustralia, primarily New South Wales, the Northern Territory, and Queensland; also spotted in New Guinea
HabitatForests, urban areas, and woodlands
Lifespan of Adults10-30 days
Host PlantsCommon snapdragon, Japanese honeysuckle, olive, pagoda flower, pink jasmine, yellow trumpet bush, and yellow trumpet vine
Adult DietFlower nectar

Did You Know

  • The larvae of the Australian privet hawk moth, appears closely similar to that of the privet hawk moth, both appearing green with a horned appearance.
Australian Privet Hawk Moth Picture

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Australian Privet Hawk Moth Image

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