ELSEWHERE: as for Dorrigo Plateau plus Convolvulaceae: Ipomoea hederifolia*, Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato)*, Ipomoea cairica*, Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory)*, and Merremia dissecta*.
Malvaceae: Abutilon oxycarpum
Breeding season on the Dorrigo Plateau: Thought to be September to April
Flight habit: Nocturnal - Active at night. Time to light - Dec 2018-between 22.00&04.30(8 moths).
Adult Moth: Size at rest - tip of thorax to tip of forewing: 45mm&50mm&60mm Adult Moth: Size forewing tip to forewing tip: 25mm This moth is easily identifiable by the beautiful white, pink and black horizontal stripes on its body.
Mature larva: length - ??mm. Colour form: Final instar: There is a variety of larval colour forms ranging from all Green to all Black with a mixture of Green, Black & White also possible with a range of markings. N.B. the larval photos above. Eye Spots: None Other distinguishing features: White or black diagonal stripes along both sides tinged with purple. Dorsal Horn: Red with a black tip in final istar - it is backward-curving. Pupa: Formed under leaf litter below food plant - note the large tongue case.
Interesting observations: We have noticed that the adult (moth) seems to have at least two colour forms. One being a uniform grey form whilst the other form is grey with some very dark grey to black markings which have a close resemblance to markings on some of the Psilogramma Hawk Moths.
Sept. 2018 - In an effort to attract moths at night we are now using a GECKO UV 50W Lamp which produces a dull blue light. After running the light for two cool nights (6C-8C) in mid September moth numbers were very low but it has attracted 3 Agrius convolvuli Hawks. Note this light is unsuitable for taking moth photos on the sheet as it introduces a blue hue over the moth.