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Gray Hawk Moth, Privet Hawk Moth

Psilogramma menephron


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.


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


Reference:,, Other Psilogramma spp in the Philippines: Psilogramma casuarinae (Walker, 1856) - Psilogramma villani - Psilogramma increta (Walker 1865) -

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Hawk Moth
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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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