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A total of 26 results were found at 16:46 on 16th April 2024 when searching for Sphingidae.


  • Acherontia atropos Linnaeus, 1758 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: death's head hawkmoth.
  • Acherontia styx Westwood, 1844 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: death's head hawkmoth.
  • Acosmeryx anceus Stoll, 1871 
    Family: Sphingidae

  • Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Agrius convolvuli fuscosignata Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli grisea Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli intermedia Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli major Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli minor Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli obscura Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli suffusa Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli unicolor.... Common name: convolvulus hawkmoth.
  • Ampelophaga rubiginosa Bremer & Grey, 1852 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: Grape hornworm.
  • Cephonodes hylas (Linnaeus, 1771) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Cephonodes hylas australis Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, Macroglossa confinis Boisduval, 1875, Potidaea virescens Wallengren, 1858, Sphinx hylas Linnaeus, 1771, Sphinx hyles Kishida, 1977.
  • Ceratomia catalpae Boisduval, 1875 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: Catalpa sphinx.
  • Clanis bilineata Walker, 1866 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: Chinese bean sphin soybean hawkmoth.
  • Coenotes eremophilae (Lucas, 1891) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Protoparce minimus Miskin, 1891, Sphinx eremophilae Lucas, 1891. Common name: sandal-box hawk moth.
  • Eumorpha achemon Drury, 1773 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: achemon sphinx moth.
  • Gnathothlibus erotus (Cramer, 1777) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Chaerocampa eroides Koch, 1865, Chaerocampa sapor Koch, 1865, Choerocampa erotus andamanensis Kirby, 1877, Chromis cramptoni Clark, 1922, Gnathothlibus erotoides Wallengren, 1858, Sphinx erotus Cramer, 1777.
  • Hippotion boerhaviae (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Hippotion thyelia Cramer, 1779, Sphinx boerhaaviae Gmelin, 1790, Sphinx boerhaviae Fabricius, 1775, Sphinx octopunctata Gmelin, 1790, Sphinx vampyrus Fabricius, 1787.
  • Hippotion celerio (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Deilephila albolineata Montrouzier, 1864, Elpenor phoenix Oken, 1815, Hippotion celerio luecki Closs, 1912, Hippotion celerio nigrofasciata Aurivillius, 1925, Hippotion celerio rosea Closs, 1911, Hippotion celerio sieberti Closs, 1910, Hippotion ocys Hübner, 1819, Phalaena inquilinus Harris,.... Common name: grapevine hawk moth.
  • Hippotion scrofa (Boisduval, 1832) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Chaerocampa bernardus Koch, 1865, Chaerocampa ignea Butler, 1875, Chaerocampa scrofa Walker, 1856, Deilephila porcia Wallengren, 1860, Deilephila scrofa Boisduval, 1832, Hippotion pallicosta Tepper, 1888.
  • Hyles euphorbiarum Guerin & Perch, 1835 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: Palqui hornworm.
  • Hyles lineata livornica Esper, 1779 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Common name: striped hawk moth.
  • Hyles livornicoides (Lucas, 1892) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Deilephila livornica auctt, Deilephila livornicoides Lucas, 1892, Hyles linearis Lucas, 1892, Hyles lineata auctt, Phryxus australasiae Tutt, 1904. Common name: whitelined hawk moth.
  • Imber tropicus (Moulds, 1983) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonym: Langia tropicus Moulds, 1983. Common name: Australian hawk moth.
  • Manduca quinquemaculatus Haworth, 1803 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonym: Protoparce quinquemaculata (Hawthorn). Common name: tomato and tobacco horn worm.
  • Manduca sexta Linnaeus, 1763 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonym: Protoparce sexta (Johanssen). Common name: tomato and tobacco horn worm.

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Prohibited organisms are declared pests by virtue of section 22(1), and may only be imported and kept subject to permits. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

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Regulation 73 permitted organisms may only be imported subject to an import permit. These organisms may be subject to restriction under legislation other than the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

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If you are considering importing an unlisted organism/s you will need to submit the name/s for assessment, as unlisted organisms are automatically prohibited entry into WA.

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Unassigned: Declared pests that are recognised as having a harmful impact under certain circumstances, where their subsequent control requirements are determined by a Plan or other legislative arrangements under the Act.

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The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 (BAM Regs) specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating organisms declared under the BAM Act. In regards to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an organism.

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