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The Hawkmoths (SPHINGIDAE, Macroglossinae) of Papua Indonesia

by Willem Hogenes

Hippotion boerhaviae (Fabricius, 1775)

Taxonomical note


There is confusion about the identity of this species for New Guinea. It is very much alike the western species rosetta (Swinhoe, 1892) and according to Ian Kitching and Jan Beck (Website Sphingidae of Southeast Asia) rosetta does not occur on New Guinea. But judged from external characters only there are specimens that resemble rosetta very much. Study of genitalia and caterpillar captures, however, show no evidence so far for an occurance of rosetta on New Guinea.










STATUS: A common species, in New Guinea as well as in Indo-Australia.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Akimuga, Arfak Mountains, Bilai, Bilogai, Bupul, Enarotali, Fyria River, Genyem, Ifar, Ilaga, Jayapura, Jiwika, Kota Nica, Langda, Mabilabol, Manokwari, Merauke, Moanemani, Modio, Paniai, Pass Valley, Pim, Savier, Senopi, Sentani, Sorong, Ubrub, Walmak, Wasior. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Indo-Australia, including Papua New Guinea.










Gorbunov, O.G. & A.N. Zamesov, 2014b. To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. II. Hawk moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) of Papua Province, Indonesia. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 2: 167-185.