Cephonodes picus

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Cephonodes picus
Cephonodes picus MHNT CUT 2010 138 Aurangabad India male dorsal.jpg
Cephonodes picus male dorsal
Cephonodes picus MHNT CUT 2010 138 Aurangabad India male ventral.jpg
Cephonodes picus male ventral
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Cephonodes
Species: C. picus
Binomial name
Cephonodes picus
(Cramer, 1777)
  • Sphinx picus Cramer, 1777
  • Sesia cunninghami Walker, 1856
  • Macroglossa yunx Boisduval, 1875

Cephonodes picus is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in most of the old world tropics, including India, the Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Torres Strait Islands, Brunei and the Chagos Archipelago.

The wingspan is about 50 mm. The wings have uniformly narrow opaque edges. The abdomen is brown with a dark band across one abdominal segment and a dark dorsal mark on the adjacent segment.

The larvae have been recorded on Jasminum, Adina, Coffea, Gardenia, Guettarda, Morinda, Pavetta, Randia, Tarema and Nephelium. They are green with a bluish white dorsal line and white dorsolateral ones.


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