Belongs within: Sphingidae. The Sphingini are a group of hawk moths with a well-developed proboscis but without sensory hairs on the labial palp. The larva is usually patterned with oblique stripes and usually bears a horn. Species of the genus Sphinx differ from other hawk moths in the presence of spines on the fore tibia… Continue reading Sphingini


Belongs within: Bombycoidea.Contains: Sphingini, Acherontiini, Smerinthini, Ambulycini, Hemaris, Macroglossini. The Sphingidae, hawkmoths, are fast-flying moths that often have a long proboscis used for taking nectar from flowers whilst hovering. This proboscis may be several times the length of the remainder of the moth, allowing it to maintain a safe distance from potential predators while feeding.… Continue reading Sphingidae


Belongs within: Saturnioidea. Antheraea is a genus of large moths found mostly in Asia, with some species present in Europe and North America. Some species are important sources of silk. The Australian species A. eucalypti and A. helena both feed as larvae on Eucalyptus leaves (Common 1970). Characters (from Seitz 1913): Palpi and frons with… Continue reading Antheraea


Belongs within: Macroglossini. Hyles is a cosmopolitan genus of hawkmoths with fore wings typically marked by a pale median stripe. The spurge hawkmoth H. euphorbiae is a native of the southwestern Palaearctic that has been introduced to North America to control Euphorbia species (Pittaway 1993). Characters (from Pittaway 1993): Imago with fore wing entire with apex pointed. Fore wing… Continue reading Hyles


Belongs within: Macroheterocera.Contains: Anthelinae, Sphingidae, Saturnioidea, Bombyx, Apatelodidae, Janinae, Striphnopteryginae, Eupterote. The Bombycoidea are a diverse group of moths with broad wings and often strongly pectinate antennae. The frenulum is typically reduced or absent with the humeral area of the hind wing wing being expanded (Richards & Davies 1977). Many bombycoids do not feed as… Continue reading Bombycoidea


Belongs within: Bombycoidea. Eupterote is a genus of moths found in southern and south-east Asia. Characters (from Nässig & Schulze 2007): Male genitalia with uncus broad and strongly developed, uniformly sclerotised, firmly fixed with tegumen, ending distally in a pair of strong hook-like prongs that are dorsally widely separated; valves short, narrow, strongly fused with… Continue reading Eupterote


Belongs within: Bombycoidea.Contains: Syssphinginae, Antheraea, Saturniinae. The Saturnioidea are a group of often very large moths, with hairy bodies and often prominent eye-spots on the wings. The proboscis is usually absent in adults which are short-lived and do not feed. Some larger species have distinctive tailed hindwings; such species have previously been associated in the… Continue reading Saturnioidea


Belongs within: Saturnioidea. The Saturniinae are a group of large moths bearing characteristic eye spots on the upper surface of the wings. Members of the genus Actias, moon moths, have long tails on the hind wings. Saturniines include some of the largest of all living moths with the Atlas moth Attacus atlas of southern Asia… Continue reading Saturniinae