Subject: Sci-fi moth
Location: Glenwood, Durban [Ed. Note: South Africa]
January 11, 2013 12:50 pm
Hi, I found this moth a few years ago at my home in Glenwood, Durban. Never been able to find it in a book on bugs. Any idea?
This stunning creature is a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth or Oriental Bee Hawkmoth, Cephanodes hylas, according to the BioDiversity Explorer website which states: “This is one of the three main species of hawkmoth that are active in the daytime, the other two species being Macroglossum trochilus and Leucostrophus hirundo” though it is unclear which location that statement is made regarding since the Coffee Bean Hawkmoth ranges in “Africa south of the Sahara, Asia and Australia.”
thanks for the prompt reply! I thought it might be a Clearwing Moth – they seem so similar. But I’ve just found the exact same one as mine under Hawkmoth!
I see my image can be found on google now. Would you mind terribly putting this one up instead? It has my copyright on it. I’ll change the name on my site.
Many thanks again!
We have replaced the image.