Ambulyx moorei

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Cinnamon gliding hawkmoth
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Ambulyx subocellata (Sphingidae) 2.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Ambulyx
Species: A. moorei
Binomial name
Ambulyx moorei
Moore, [1858][1]
  • Ambulyx decolor (Schaufuss, 1870)
  • Ambulyx subocellata Felder, 1874
  • Ambulyx turbata Butler, 1875
  • Ambulyx thwaitesii Moore, [1882]
  • Ambulyx nubila Huwe, 1895
  • Ambulyx chinensis (Clark, 1922)
  • Oxyambulyx subocellata Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
  • Smerinthus decolor Schaufuss, 1870
  • Oxyambulyx moorei chinensis Clark, 1922

Ambulyx moorei (cinnamon gliding hawkmoth) is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in Sri Lanka, southern and eastern India, the Nicobar Islands and Andaman Islands, Thailand, Vietnam, southern China, the Philippines (Palawan, Balabac), Malaysia (Peninsular, Sarawak), Singapore and Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan).[2][3]


The wingspan is 100–110 mm. The color varies from yellowish-brown through orange-brown to dark purplish red-brown. Caterpillar possess aqueous bluish-green head with a narrow, double yellowish dorsal stripe running vertex to apex of clypeus and from vertex to nape. Body is grass-green on dorsum with yellow dots, except those of the dorso-lateral line on segments 3 to 5, which are white. There is no color changing before pupation, only becoming duller in shade. Pupa is 46-50mm long with dark chestnut color up to segments 8 to 10, and then color becomes much paler. Spiracles are black with central slit chestnut cremaster nearly black.[2]


Larvae have been recorded on Canarium album in China. Other recorded food plants include Buchanania and Lannea species. These moths are very sluggish during the day, but fly well at night.[2]


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience – Sphingidae". Retrieved 2011-10-26. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Pittaway, A.R. & Kitching, I.J. "Cinnamon gliding hawkmoth". Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic species list. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ambulyx moorei Moore, [1858]". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 

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