- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
Occurrence records map
- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: Australia’s largest hawkmoth; brown triangular marking on the front of the fore wing. Caterpillar has an enlarged tail end that appears head like.
- Description : Australia’s largest hawkmoth. The double-headed name refers to the caterpillar: the enlarged tail-end of the caterpillar looks more like a head than the actual head. The adults can be distinguished from similar species by the evenly-coloured brown triangular marking on the front of the fore wing. Single wing span. Body size up to 8.5 cm.
- Biology : Caterpillars feed on several large species of Proteaceae, including Banksia, Persoonia, Hakea and Grevillea, pupating in November-December. Adults are nocturnal, and are attracted to light. Unlike other hawkmoths, they do not feed as adults.
- Habitat: Coastal woodlands, especially on sandstone, and adjacent heathlands, rainforest.
- Maximum size (cm): 8.5
- Diet: Herbivore
- Colours: Brown, Orange, Grey, White
- Distribution: Eastern Australia
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Flight Months: January-March
- Where seen: Mostly in natural habitats, rarely in urban areas.
- When seen: Adults are nocturnal.
- Author credit: David Britton / Australian Museum
Names and sources
|Sphinx triangularis Donovan, 1805 Donovan, 1805 Donovan, 1805|
|Published in: Donovan, E. 1805. An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite, and Other Islands in the Indian, Southern, and Pacific Oceans: including the figures and descriptions of one hundred and fifty-three species of the more splendid, beautiful, and interesting insects, hitherto discovered in those countries, and which for the most part have not appeared in the works of any preceding author. pp. i–iv text unnumbered  pls unnumbered|
|Sphynx castaneus Perry, 1811 Perry, 1811 Perry, 1811|
|Published in: Perry 1811. [Details not found]. Arcana Entomol.|
Doubleheaded Hawk Moth
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Double-headed Hawk Moth
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