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Double-headed Hawk Moth - Coequosa triangularis 

Family Sphingidae 

This page contains information about Double-headed Hawk Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 70mm, grow to 100mm
The Hawk Moth caterpillar is colourful and it does not have the dorsal horn. At the anal claspers it has a pair of raised shining black eye-like spot, which give rise to the common name of Double-headed Hawk Moth.
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Tail - the fake head                                               Head
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The adult moth is large and has 120mm wingspan. This is the largest Australian Hawk Moth. 
Golden Candlesticks
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Banksia spinulosa 
On Oct 2011, we found the caterpillar on the food-plant Banksia spinulosa in Carbrook Wetland. The plane is common in the area but we can only found one caterpillar in the whole morning. From reference information the caterpillar feed on Proteaceas includes Banksia, Grevillea and Persoonia.

1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p412, plate 16.1, 29.2.
2. Coequosa triangularis (Donovan, 1805) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,2010. 

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Last updated: October 03, 2011.