Cephonodes kingii -  Bee-Hawk Moth, Gardenia Bee-hawk  
  Macroglossinae, Sphingidae  

Moths of the family Sphingidae are know as Hawk Moths, but in this particular genera they are called Bee-Hawks because they soon lose their wing scales and then resemble bumble bees. Also like bumble bees they can hover in front of a flower. They are diurnal (day flying) and the larva prefer plants in the Rubiaceae family. Cephonodes kingii occurs over Northern Australia extending as far south as the ACT.


These pictures were taken at Nellie Bay, Magnetic Island, and are supplied by Annette of Kirwan.


More pictures of this moth at -> Australian Moth Larvae