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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


Scientific Classification

  • 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.  

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Caterpillar



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

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Pupa


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



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

Australian Privet Hawk Moth Eggs


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


Australian Privet Hawk Moth Image


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