Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Macropoliana natalensis
Below is the sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Macropoliana natalensis
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 34
Species With Barcodes: 1
The length of the forewings is 55–70 mm for males and 65–75 mm for females and the wingspan is 107–126 mm. The forewings are very pale grey with wavy blackish transverse bands and a whitish stigma. There are two short longitudinal blackish streaks in the centre of the wing. The head is pale grey and the thorax is pale grey surrounded dorsally by black lines edged internally with yellow. The abdomen is pale grey, mottled and faintly spotted with darker grey. The hindwings are dark greyish brown, with a large pale grey patch near the tornus. Females are larger, have broader forewings and are usually darker and more heavily marked.
The larvae feed on Spathodea nilotica, Spathodea campanulata, Markhamia lutea and Brachystegia species. The larvae are generally pale green, but turn olive-purple immediately before pupation. Pupation takes place under ground in a dark brown pupa.
- "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Archived from the original on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Revised Catalogue of the African Sphingidae (Lepidoptera) with Descriptions of the East African species". Biodiversitylibrary.org. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
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