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.
- Family: Sphingidae
- Genus: Psilogramma
- Scientific Name: Psilogramma casuarinae
Description and Identification
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.
Once the larvae mature, pupation occurs. The pupa is brown and around 5 cm long.
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
They are pale green, spherical, 2 mm long, and are generally laid below the leaves of the host plant.
|Distribution||Australia, primarily New South Wales, the Northern Territory, and Queensland; also spotted in New Guinea|
|Habitat||Forests, urban areas, and woodlands|
|Lifespan of Adults||10-30 days|
|Host Plants||Common snapdragon, Japanese honeysuckle, olive, pagoda flower, pink jasmine, yellow trumpet bush, and yellow trumpet vine|
|Adult Diet||Flower 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.