Psilogramma argos

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Psilogramma argos
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Psilogramma
Species: P. argos
Binomial name
Psilogramma argos
Moulds & Lane, 1999[1]

Psilogramma argos is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is known from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.[2]

Adults have long, narrow pale grey wings, with black markings. The abdomen is grey, with no dark dorsal line.

The larvae feed on Gyrocarpus americanus. They are green with a strong curved horn on the tail pointing backwards, a series of diagonal white stripes on the sides and dark marks on the back of each segment. Full-grown larvae are about 80 mm long. Mature larvae leave the food plant and forms a cell of silk under the soil in which pupation takes place.

Etymology[edit]

The species name is derived from the Greek word argos (meaning white) referring to the pale colour of the adults.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-11-01. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Australian Insects". Lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2011-11-01.