JoinDonateMy Account

Agrius convolvuli

Convolvulus hawk-moth, kumara moth, sphinx moth
Ac L
Photo by Ewing Olafsson

A magnificent moth, a very strong flier and migrant. It has a long proboscis, allowing the moth to hover well away from flowers as it feeds.

Family
Sphingidae
Biostatus
Adventive
Host Plant
Convolvulus, including sea bindweed, kumara.
Larva
Curved 'horn' near abbdomen tip. Feeds on sea bindweed, kumara, etc.
Pupa
Pupates in underground chamber in soil or sand.
Adult/Imago
Strong flier. Long tongue, allowing moth to feed from flowers while hovering from afar (helps evade spider predators). January to April. Flies rapidly from dusk. Attracted to light.
Forewing Length
40 - 52mm
Range
NZ
Habitat
Open habitats, including coastal dunes, waste ground, parks, gardens.

Sign up for our free e-news

Be kept posted about our special offers, events and news weekly. Better yet, become a financial member of the MBNZT

magnifiercrossmenu