Sphingomorpha chlorea - Sundowner moth or Banana hawk

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Sphingomorpha chlorea
Sphingomorpha chlorea

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Species details:

Note: Attracted to fermented fruit but also beer and other alcoholic drinks, hence the common name
Distribution: Widespread and common in Africa and southern Asia
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Fabaceae subfamily MimosoideaeAcacia (Food plant)
Larval food (by plant species):
AnacardiaceaeSclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily CaesalpinioideaeBurkea africana (Food plant)
Malvaceae subfamily MalvoideaeThespesia garckeana (Food plant)

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Sphingomorpha chlorea .
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400740, retrieved 2 March 2024

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