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Gray Hawk Moth, Privet Hawk Moth

Psilogramma menephron

Description:

Browish-gray moths. First picture: moth is about 3.5 to 4 inches. Second picture: about half the size of the 1st one. Psilogramma menephron (Cramer, 1780), called the Gray Hawk Moth or Privet Hawk Moth, has a wingspan of 82-138mm, flies in Hawaii, and has an extended range across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. The adult moth has long narrow wings which are a grey-brown colour, with a darker, wavy pattern. The abdomen is grey with a dark dorsal line. The moth typically rests with the tip of the abdomen curled under the body.

Habitat:

Spotted in the laundry area near the backyard garden. In Biñan Laguna, Philippines.

Notes:

Reference: http://www.sphin-sea.unibas.ch/SphinSEA/..., http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/pmeneph..., http://v2.boldsystems.org/views/taxbrows.... Other Psilogramma spp in the Philippines: Psilogramma casuarinae (Walker, 1856) - http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au... Psilogramma villani - http://v2.boldsystems.org/views/taxbrows... Psilogramma increta (Walker 1865) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilogramma...

1 Species ID Suggestions

Hawk Moth
Psilogramma sp. close to P.menephron Psilogramma menephron


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1 Comment

Thank you Nuwan for the ID. Appreciate the help.

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 4, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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