|Daphnis hypothous, mounted adult|
|Daphnis hypothous, adult|
Daphnis hypothous is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It is known from Sri Lanka, southern and northern India, Nepal, Myanmar, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is a rare vagrant to the Western Palaearctic ecozone. During the last hundred years a number have been discovered within the Middle East and one was even found in Scotland late last century but this was probably imported as a pupa with cargo.
The wingspan is 86–120 mm. It is a very fast flyer and is attracted to both sweet-smelling flowers and light.
Larvae have been recorded feeding on Rubiaceae species, including Cinchona, Wendlandia and Uncaria species in India. Most instars are green with a brown backward curving tailhorn and a pair of white or red and yellow dorso-lateral stripes. Some instars have various coloured markings along the sides, including a blue eyespot on each side of the metathorax. The final instar is reddish brown.
- Daphnis hypothous hypothous (Indonesia including the Andaman Islands and Seram)
- Daphnis hypothous crameri Eitschberger & Melichar, 2010 (South-East Asia)
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- Daphnis hypothous hypothous Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic
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