Arrow Sphinx

Lophostethus dumolinii

''Lophostethus dumolinii'' is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is known from most habitats, except desert and high mountains throughout the Ethiopian Region, excluding Madagascar and the Cape in South Africa.
Lophostethus dumolinii (Angas, 1849) Democratic Republic of the Congo,Geotagged,Lophostethus dumolinii,Summer

Appearance

The length of the forewings is 55–70 mm for males and 70–75 mm for females and the wingspan is 130–171 mm. This species has a characteristic colour and pattern of the upperside of the thorax and forewing. The forewing upperside ground colour is pale brown with paler undulating antemedian and postmedian lines.

Naming

*''Lophostethus dumolinii dumolinii''
⤷ ''Lophostethus dumolinii carteri'' - Rothschild, 1894
⤷ ''Lophostethus dumolinii congoicum'' - Clark, 1937

Food

The larvae feed on ''Ficus'', ''Milletia aboensis'', ''Hibiscus tiliaceus'', ''Hibiscus micranthus'', ''Hibiscus panduriformis'', ''Dombeya rotundifolia'', ''Dombeya cymosa'', ''Carissa macrocarpa'', ''Andersonia'', ''Grewia bicolor'' and ''Grewia occidentalis''. The larvae are entirely different in appearance from the other species of the family Sphingidae in that they possess spines on their body while most larvae are sleek and smooth.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilySphingidae
GenusLophostethus
SpeciesL. dumolinii