The Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli) is a greyish to grayish-brown coloured large hawk-moth that is common across Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Australia. It has pink and black band-like markings on the abdomen.

Pictured here is the male Agrius convolvuli. The moth was originally on the cushion and was moved to a nearby plant.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli), Alice Springs, NT
Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli), Alice Springs, NT

The caterpillar of the moth varies between green or dark brown in colours, and has pale diagonal stripes along the sides. There is no eyespots on the body of the caterpillar, although it does have the curved horn on the tail.

Many thanks to Bjørn M Fjellstad for ID of this moth species, Butterflies, Moths and other Invertebrates of Australia, Facebook group.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Sphingidae
  • Subfamily: Sphinginae
  • Genus: Agrius
  • Species: Agrius convolvuli
Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli), Alice Springs, NT
Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Agrius convolvuli), Alice Springs, NT

Footnote & References

  1. Convolvulus Hawk Moth – Agrius convolvuli, Brisbane Insects and Spiders Home, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_bombycoidmoths/ConvolvulusHawkMoth.htm
  2. Agrius convolvuli, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrius_convolvuli (last visited Feb. 8, 2022)
  3. Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:d9d5caed-f028-4a4c-97cb-c686690ea582
  4. Butterflies, Moths and other Invertebrates of Australia, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/170745013686340/

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