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Pale Brown Hawk Moth

Family Lepidoptera, Theretra latreillii


Large brown caterpillar approx 5cm long, with pink and white eye spots. Defensive stance: front half of its body reared up. If I got a little too close with the macro lens it retracted its head a little and the 'eye spots' closed.


Browsing on Cayratia sp. at Cattana Wetlands QLD

1 Species ID Suggestions

Theretra moth
Theretra sp. Theretra

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Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

Thank you ceherzog and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Nice one , especially the third photo!

ceherzog 9 years ago

What interesting watermelon slice eyespots!

AndreaLim 9 years ago

Thank you Phillip and Jan for your feedback. Much appreciated!

JanBowman 9 years ago

Fantasic - I had Bee Hawks Moth lavae on my gardinia in Brisbane and today photographed an emerged moth - will post photo soon.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 9 years ago

How amazing! I really like the second picture, awesome captures Andrea!

AndreaLim 9 years ago

Hi Daniele. Yes it looks pretty good for it. Same defensive pose and same colours. Thank you for that. Much appreciated.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Hi Andrea! Could this be from the genus Theretra? Check this is one, the brown form of which has similarities:

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 9, 2013

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