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Polyptychus chinensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Tribe: Smerinthini
Genus: Polyptychus
Hübner, 1819

Polyptychus is a type of moth in the family Sphingidae. These middle-sized, light-brown moths are found in Africa and Southeast Asia.


Middle-sized to large (wing span 65 – 120 mm), light brown hawk moth. The head is unusually large in the Smerinthinae, with the back of the body long and cylindrical.


These moths fly at night and do not visit flowers, and they don't particularly seek out light. In all cases, they lay their eggs in the plants of the Boraginaceae family.

Species list[edit]


  • Pittaway, A.R. (2007) Sphingidae of the Eastern Palearctic [1]