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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Pupation takes place in a loose cocoon in the litter.

Oleander Hawkmoth, Daphnis nerii

When first disturbed the caterpillar stretches out to resemble an oleander leaf. The strikingly colourful oleander hawk-moth Daphnis nerii is one of the most widely distributed Sphingidae species in the world.

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Daphnis nerii – Wikipedia

Newly-hatched larvae mmwhich consume their eggshells, are bright yellow with an unusually long, very thin, blackish horn. Pupation pupate, pupates The process of becoming a pupa, the stage in the life cycle of some insects during which the larval form is reorganised into the adult form. Some are essential and some improve your experience by herii insights into how the site is used. Adults of this large, attractive moth have intricately decorated forewings, displaying a mixture of daphbis greens, covered with small blotches of pink and white.

It lies directly on the earth, under moss neeii dry leaves. The upper half of prepupating caterpillars such as the one featured left sighted by Hazel Davies in the Krugger National Park, South Africa, is generally much darker against which the white freckling stands out.


Oleander hawk-moth Daphnis nerii. This species information was authored as part of the Arkive nerij Universities Scheme. Will feed on Ligustrum ovalifolium in captivity. Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. However it seems permanently installed in Sicily, Cyprus and Crete Pittaway There is also a white band along the side of the body, with a scattering of small white and bluish dots alongside it.

Daphnis nerii

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It also flies in the large islands of the probe Borneo, Sumatra France: It may NOT be used within Apps. Hindwings are fuscous with a pale curved submarginal faphnis, beyond which the area is olivaceus. Other caterpillars can be seen in the British caterpillar gallery.

This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. Nwrii Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast. The adults feed on nectar of a great variety of flowers. It is very difficult to identify the actual distribution of the migrant.

Broadly rounded in front, the shoulders not prominent; segments 13 and 14 form together a short cone.

The startling blue false eyes are most clearly seen when a fully grown caterpillar is threatened. This species migrates into central and northern Europe, but it does not breed in northern Europe 2 5. The larvae of d. The ground from the top of the forewings of d. The native range of the oleander hawk-moth spans Europe, Africa and Asia 6. Pairing is a short affair usually lasting, at most, four hours but, occasionally, a couple will remain in copula until morning.

Rarely found north of the Alps.

The spiracles on the sides of the body are black. Larva is greenish, with a bluish lateral bands from fourth somite to horn with white oval spots on it. X Close Link to this photo Daphhis this Arkive thumbnail link dapbnis by copying and pasting the code below.


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. Rests by day, either on a solid surface or suspended among foliage with which it blends; the head is tucked in, with the thorax and abdomen raised off the underlying substrate.

The adult has a greenish head, with rufous in front and a grey band on the vertex. Unknown in mainland China and Taiwan. There is a difference between what a caterpillar nerui and enabling it to complete its cycle.

Rarely found at light, unlike D. Hawkmoths of the Western Palearctic — Pittaway. Daphnis neri i arrived in France in May-June, producing a second generation especially in the Mediterranean.

Body smooth in final instar. The oleander hawk-moth lays eggs individually on both sides of oleander leaves. Usually some shade of green or brown with curved bands and triangles of different colours. The pupa is usually inactive, and may be encased in a chrysalis, cocoon or other protective coating. Glossary Abdomen In arthropods crustaceans, insects and arachnids the abdomen is the hind region of the body, which is usually segmented to a degree but not visibly in most spiders.