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Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

Known as the Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti), subfamily Sphinginae, this moth has a wide distribution across the mainland of Australia. The one pictured here was in Alice Springs in Central Australia in the Northern Territory.

Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT

This Agius godarti moth was on the shade cloth in an urban garden setting, and relocated into the garden area.

Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT
Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Sphingoidea
  • Family: Sphingidae
  • Subfamily: Sphinginae
  • Genus: Agrius
  • Species: Agrius godarti

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Bjørn M Fjellstad for ID, member of Australian butterflies and moths, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/799465170167144/
  2. Agrius godarti (W.S. Macleay, 1826), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/cf72658d-bef6-4ea2-9b87-228f9ec2ff69
  3. Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/490871-Agrius-godarti
  4. Agrius godarti (Godart’s Hawkmoth), ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/192535048

Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

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