Subject: Hawk Moth
February 28, 2014 4:37 pm
Hi guys. In the past few weeks we’ve had a hawk moth on your from verandah (in northern Sydney NSW). Last night we had another similar one and i wanted to see if they were the same? I know one is a coequosa australisiae, not sure if maybe ones a female and the other a male? Or the same one thats matured? The plainer one is from 3 weeks ago and the orange one is from last night. Thanks!!
Both of your moths are the same species, and your identification is correct. They are both Coequosa australasiae. Hawkmoths tend to be long lived as moths go, and they might even both be the same individual. Like many moths, Coequosa australasiae has underwings that are more brightly colored than the upper wings which serve as camouflage. You can see a matching image on Csiro.