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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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The body is reddish brown with a wide white band across the abdomen. The forewing upperside is reddish brown with a black cell spot and 3 white spots near the gray marginal area. A pale streak runs from the cell spot to the inner margin of the wing. The hindwing upperside is dark brown.
Adults nectar on flowers, including white stopper (Eugenia axillaris), lantana, flamevine and golden creeper/beach creeper/cough bush ( Ernodea littoralis).
Within a few days, the deleloping larva can be seen through the eggshell. Newly emerged larvae feed on tender, new leaves until they have developed a bit.
Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons in shallow underground chambers or in leaf litter.
Pupae are dark, smooth and shiny, and relatively thin considering the stout appearance of the moth.
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