Basiothia charis

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Lesser brown striped hawk
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Basiothia
Species: B. charis
Binomial name
Basiothia charis
(Walker, 1856)[1]
  • Choerocampa charis Boisduval, 1847
  • Choerocampa celerina Boisduval

Basiothia charis (lesser brown striped hawk) is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is fairly common in most habitats, excluding very dry areas, throughout Africa south of the Sahara. It has not been recorded from Madagascar.[2]

The length of the forewings is 22–25 mm. The head and body are golden brown with a double gold dorsal line. The forewings are golden reddish-brown with a straight whitish line from the middle of the inner margin to the apex. There are two parallel darker straight lines near the outer margin. The ground colour is interrupted by whitish streaks along the veins inside the whitish line. The hindwings are crimson with a narrow brown border.

The larvae possibly feed on Vernonia species.


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Revised Catalogue of the African Sphingidae (Lepidoptera) with Descriptions of the East African species" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-26.