Convolvulus Hawk-Moth (Agrius convolvuli)
The convolvulus hawkmoth is a member of the family of hawk moths. It is known as hīhue in the Māori language.
Description and Identification
The larvae are green initially, while in the later instars they acquire pale stripes running diagonally to the sides. A horn is present at their posterior end that is initially straight but becomes curved later on.
The larvae travels about 300 m from their host plant during the pupal phase. Pupation occurs in an underground cell as deep as 15 cm. The pupa brownish in color, measures about 5cm.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present
The males have prominent markings than the females, alongside longer, and thicker antennae.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, they are light gray with dark broad crosslines. When the wings are closed, the colors and patterns remain the same.
Average wingspan: 8-12 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: June to December
The eggs are white, smooth, and oval. They are generally laid on the underside of the leaves of the host plant.
|Distribution||Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand|
|Habitat||Varied, but mostly in gardens|
|Lifespan of Adults||10-30 days|
|Adult Diet||Flower nectar|
Did You Know
- Its Latin name convolvuli comes from the type of plants it feeds on, i.e., species belonging to the genus Convolvulus.