These are a special interest of ours. There are 65 known Hawk Moths in Australia. To date we have sighted nineteen on our property. Most of these moths were attracted at night using an insect collecting light, others were sighted at dusk feeding on flowers and a couple of day flying Bee Hawks were sighted feeding on flowers. Several Hawk Moths breed on our property. Check out their stream-lined jet fighter like shape in the Hawk Moth photos.
Note: A very detailed book on the Australian Hawk Moths is being written by Max Moulds, Jim Tuttle and David Lane. Publication will hopefully is not far away.
We hope that by making some information on these harmless beautiful insects more available people will conserve larva found in their gardens to help preserve the species and to ensure that the food chain remains strong to assist other fauna to survive also.
For all with a love of nature there is great joy waiting for anyone able to breed larva through to the adult moth. We are always available to advise any Bellingen Shire residents interested to do this.
We have chosen to include all the Hawk Moths we have seen in Australia here. This is the only Lepidoptera family where we have included specimens not sighted on our Dorrigo Plateau property.
To date (October 2018) 24 of the 44 Hawk Moths we feature here have been found on our property (see current list below), most as adults, but we are keen to find larva as well and in that regard would appreciate feedback on any food plants we are not showing here.
Our ultimate goal remains to record each stage of the life cycles of as many Australian Hawk Moths as we can. We understand there are 65 known Australian Hawk Moths. We are a very long way from achieving our goal but enjoy the excitement of trying to photograph as many as we can together with as much of their life cycles as we are able.
We give special thanks to Jim Tuttle, Max Moulds and David Lane for their much needed help in identifying many of our hawk moth and larva photographs. Their vastly superior scientific knowledge far exceeds ours as citizen science enthusiasts. They have been working for a number of years on preparing their new book on Australian Hawk Moths which they hope to see published during 2019, a treasure we anxiously await. We also thank those who have provided us with photos to supplement our own. These photographers we credit on the website below each of their photograph's.
Please note non-native food plants are indicated with an * .... and we have structured this page in alphabetical order of the Australian Hawk Moth's scientific names.
We acknowledge the Authors of the following books and publications from which we have acquired some of our lepidoptera and botanical knowledge over time:
* Moths of Australia - I.F.B. Common 1990 * A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards 2007 * Larval Food Plants of Hawk Moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) Affecting Commercial Crops in Australia - M. S. (Max) Moulds 1981 * Larval Food Plants of Hawk Moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) Affecting Garden Ornamentals in Australia - M. S. (Max) Moulds 1984 * New Larval Food Plants For Australian Hawk Moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) - M. S. (Max) Moulds 1998 * Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia - A.G. Floyd 2008 * The websites: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/sphi/sphingidae.html http://www.leapfrogoz.com.au/moths-of-tropical-queensland-australia/index.html