Learn more about the Oleander hawk-moth – with amazing Oleander hawk-moth videos, photos and facts on Arkive. Daphnis Hübner, [], Verz. bekannter Schmett.: Type species: Sphinx nerii Linnaeus, Histriosphinx Varis, , Notul. ent. A genus of the. Sphinx nerii Linnaeus, , Syst. Nat. (Edn 10) 1: Type locality: not stated. Synonym. Sphinx nerii Linnaeus, Synonym. Daphnis nerii infernelutea.

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The native range of the oleander hawk-moth spans Europe, Africa and Asia 6. I collected it in the Philippines, on the island of Luzon and Jacques Hecq com.

The oleander hawk-moth is named after one of its main food plants, oleander, on which its caterpillars daaphnis. Kendrick states that it is bivoltine in Hong Kong, occurring from October until February, with the occasional record in May. There, in the region of Marseille, oleander beds which includes its Caterpillar every year.

Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa, Asia and certain Hawaiian Islands. Larvae are typically very different in appearance to adults; they are able to feed and move around but are usually unable to reproduce. Thence eastward to tropical south-east Asia, including Borneo and the Philippines.

Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) ·

Body smooth in final instar. Nature in Singapore2: Caterpillar feeding on nerui pinwheel flower plant at UdumalpetTamil Nadu, India.


Head small, body tapering sharply forward from abdominal segment 1, rest of body almost cylindrical.

With further disturbance, the anterior segments are arched up, suddenly revealing the startling eye-spots; at this point the noxious gut contents may also be regurgitated. Proboscis fused with body, a thin, black line along the former; cremaster long, slender, with a pair of apical spines; black surrounds to the spiracles. M 2 of hindwing before centre of cell.

However, areas which are overgrown with this shrub tend to be avoided 5. Daphnis neriithe oleander hawk-moth or army green mothis a moth of the family Sphingidae. Oleander hawk-moth caterpillars have also been found to accept privet Ligustrum species in captivity 2.

Oleander hawk-moth biology The oleander hawk-moth lays eggs individually on both sides of oleander leaves. There is a triangular purplish patch from below the cell to near outer margin. Authentication This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. In tropical South East Asia and Oceania it has come to favour the more open municipal parks, road margins and gardens where ornamental oleanders, Catharanthus roseus and Tabernaemontana are grown.

Abdomen is pale greenish with oblique lines at the side paired dark green lateral blotches on the penultimate segment and a single dorsal blotch on the ultimate segment. Deilephila nerii bipartita Gehlen,Bull. A black line runs up the proboscis, over the head and thorax, before fading away on darker coloured abdominal segments. Newly hatched oleander hawk-moth larvae are three to four millimeters in length, bright yellow, and have a black, elongated “horn” on the rear of the body.


Other caterpillars can be seen in the British caterpillar gallery. The pupa of this species measures around 5.

Inthis species established itself on Hawaii Beardsley, It is known from the Japan, and Hawaii. Larva is greenish, with a bluish lateral bands from fourth somite to horn with white oval spots on it.

Fully grown larvae have quite short, yellowy orange, down turned tail horns. The horn has an unusual bulbous ‘cap’ until the penultimate instar.

R Pittaway see below. Females often fly around a plant several times before approaching with a pendulous flight. Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help! It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Nreii during the summer, particularly Turkey.

Daphnis nerii

The round, light green eggs are around 1. Will feed on Ligustrum ovalifolium in captivity. In southern Europe, only two migrant-induced generations are evident — during June and August, with individuals from the latter migrating into central and northern Europe Lederer, Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival.

Just before it pupatesthe oleander hawk-moth larva becomes browner in colour.