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  Hawk Moth (Daphnis hypothous)





Hawk Moth | Daphnis hypothous photo
Daphnis hypothous at the Texas A&M University Insect Collection in College Station, Texas.

Image by Shawn Hanrahan - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



HAWK MOTH FACTS

Identification
Daphnis hypothous is a species of hawk moth. The adult moth is brown overall with a pattern of dark brown and lighter brown resembling the camouflage pattern of World War II aircraft. The abdomen is brown with white band across the abdomen. The caterpillars are brown with white or yellow stripes along the back and sides. The tail has a horn. The caterpillar markings change as it develops through the various moults (instars).

Size
wingspan to 12cm. Caterpillar length to 10cm

Food
The caterpillar feeds on plants in the Rubiaceae family including Cinchona, Uncaria and Wendlandia

Range
Daphnis hypothous is found in south east Asia and Queensland in Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Sphingidae
Genus:Daphnis
Species:hypothous
Common Name:Hawk Moth