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EUCHLORON MEGAERA MOTH
VERDANT HAWKMOTH

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Classification

Phylum Arthropoda

Class Insecta

Order Lepidoptera

Family Sphingidae

Subfamily Macroglossinae

Tribe Macroglossini

Subtribe Choerocampina

Genus Euchloron

Species E. megaera

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EUCHLORON MEGAERA
VERDANT HAWKMOTH

Euchloron is a monotypic moth genus of the family Sphingidae first described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1875. Its only species, Euchloron megaera, the verdant hawk, is known from most of Africa and Yemen. It is a migratory species.

The length of the forewings is 40-50 mm and the wingspan is 96-121 mm. The body and forewings are bright deep green. The forewings have a black and white spot at the base, a dark brown spot near the tornus and one or two at the costa. The hindwings are orange yellow with an irregular brown margin turning greenish near the tornus. There is a black spot at the base and a large, elongated black spot from inner margin to vein five.

The larvae feed on Vigna, Cissus trothae, Cissus petiolata, Cissus arguta, Vitis vinifera, Ampelopsis quinquefolia, Rhoicissus tridentata species.

Wing scales of the mothEuchloron megaera L. (Sphingidae) contain a water-soluble green pigment showing pH indicator properties.


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