Cephonodes picus - pellucid hawkmoth
These exotic hawk moths are truly a sight to behold, especially if you can observe them feeding. Despite their bulky bodies, they can hover just like a humming bird, an aeronautical miracle. This expands the bee-like moth’s repertoire of feeding blooms to even the most delicate, otherwise incapable of supporting the weight of such a chubby bug.
Their livery is always a treat to behold, in fact a rare treat to be savoured when the photographic opportunity arises.
Location is Ciranjang, West Java, Indonesia. Garden.
''Cephonodes picus'' is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in most of the old world tropics, including India, the Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Torres Strait Islands, Brunei and the Chagos Archipelago.
The wingspan is about 50 mm. The wings have uniformly narrow opaque edges. The abdomen is brown with a dark band across one abdominal segment and a dark dorsal mark on the adjacent segment.
The larvae have been recorded.. more