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  Hawk Moth (Nephele hespera)





Hawk Moth | Nephele hespera photo
Nephele hespera. Some moths doe not have silver markings on the wings.

Image by Sindhu ramchandran - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



HAWK MOTH FACTS

Identification
Nephele hespera is a brownish hawk moth from Asia. The forewings are brown and may have whitish marking. Some moths do not have white marks on the wings. When at rest the wings are held in a triangular shape. The outer edge of the forewing has a paler brown band. The body is brown with darker brown bands. The caterpillars grow to about 7 cm long.

Size
wingspan about 8 cm

Habitat
tropical rainforest, subtropical rainforest

Food
Caterpillars feed on the Currant Bush (Carissa sp.) or Native Currant, which is found in tropical areas around the Indian Ocean.

Range
Nephele hespera is found in India and south east Asia and has been recorded in northern Queensland on the Torres Strait islands of Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Sphingidae
Genus:Nephele
Species:hespera
Common Name:Hawk Moth

Relatives in same Genus
  Hawk Moth (N. subvaria)