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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.

Convolvulus Hawk Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Sphingidae
  • Genus: Agrius  
  • Scientific Name: Agrius convolvuli

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

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.

Convolvulus Hawk Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

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.

Convolvulus Hawk Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

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

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Egg

The eggs are white, smooth, and oval. They are generally laid on the underside of the leaves of the host plant.

Convolvulus Hawk Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionAsia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand
HabitatVaried, but mostly in gardens
Lifespan of Adults10-30 days
Host PlantsBindweed
Adult DietFlower 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.
Convolvulus Hawk Moth Image

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Convolvulus Hawk Moth Picture

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