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Acosmeryx Hawk Moth

Acosmeryx anceus subdentata


It was my first time to see this moth and I thought I was seeing a dark Oleander Hawk Moth. I saw it after a heavy rain in the morning, struggling to move and fly but was not able to go far, and just rested on the leaves of an ornamental bamboo plant inside our garage. When I checked on it again that afternoon, it was already dead and the ants had taken over its body :(. This is an Acosmeryx anceus subdentata Rothschild & Jordan, 1903. Acosmeryx anceus (Stoll, [1781]) is a moth of the Sphingidae family. The wingspan is 70-88 mm. The 2 recognized ssp are: Acosmeryx anceus anceus (Queensland and New South Wales); and Acosmeryx anceus subdentata Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 (southern and eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, southwestern China (Yunnan, Guangxi), Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sumbawa) and the Philippines).





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Thanks Adi! Yes, it does look like a brown version of the oleander hawk moth :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Wow..looks like oleander moth!

Thanks Leana :) pretty new profile you've got. luv it :)

Thanks J! Hawkmoths are really awesome creatures :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Fantastic moth! I love the cryptic patterns!

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 11, 2013
Submitted on Jun 15, 2013


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