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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Formed in a loosely spun yellow cocoon among dry debris on the ground. Dense forest is avoided.

When young, neeii feed fully exposed on the topmost leaves and flowers; when larger, they tend to conceal themselves further down the branches, or even, when not feeding during daylight hours, on the ground under stones or leaf-litter. With further disturbance, the dapnnis segments are arched up, suddenly revealing the startling eye-spots; at this point the noxious gut contents may also be regurgitated.

Some medial whitish conjoined bands, rosy towards the hind margin. The latter has also been recorded from Pakistan Muhammad Ather Rafi, pers. The main larval foodplants are the flowers and leaves of oleander and periwinkle but include others such as Jasminum, Vinca and Vitis, also accepting privet in captivity — recommended references Jim Porter and A.

Female in MangaonMaharashtraIndia. Oleander hawk-moth habitat The oleander hawk-moth typically inhabits dry river beds, oases and warm hillsides with scattered oleander bushes. The pupa is free in the cocoon moving the abdominal segments vigorously when touched.

R Pittaway see below. Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic. Vinita in Bangalore, India found several Oleander Hawkmoth caterpillars feeding in her garden on vinca rosea, a species closely related to Madagascan periwinkle. A crescent-shaped mark partly encircles each eye.


X Close Image credit. A species of dry river-beds, oases and warm hillsides with scattered oleander bushes; however, localities overgrown with this shrub tend to be shunned. In their final instar, some assume a bronze colour with rosy red anterior segments, which tends to mask the pre-pupation plum coloration; in all, however, the newly acquired blue-black dorsal pigmentation, the now black eye-spots and unchanged white spots on either side of the dorso-lateral line remain prominent.

Sphinx nerii Linnaeus, adphnis, Syst. The spiracles on the sides of the body are black 5 6. Head small, body tapering sharply forward from abdominal segment 1, rest of body almost cylindrical. Other caterpillars can be seen in the British caterpillar gallery. The outbreak is extremely fast, in less than 4 weeks.

Kendrick states that it is bivoltine in Hong Kong, occurring from October until February, with the occasional record in May.

Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic – Daphnis nerii

Mainly the flowers and young leaves of the ornamental Nerium oleander and Tabernaemontana over most of its range including Bangkok, Thailand. Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic – Daphnis nerii: X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

When young, larvae feed fully exposed on the topmost leaves and neeii when larger, they tend to conceal themselves further down the branches, or even, when not feeding neeii daylight hours, on the ground under stones or leaf-litter.

These oviposit also on potted oleanders. Aedeagus with one or two left processes, and a longer right process. The horn has an unusual bulbous ‘cap’ until the penultimate instar.


In Metro-Manila, the Philippines, larvae are common in the wet season on new growth of the roadside and garden ornamentals Adenium obesum, Catharanthus roseus and Nerium oleander. A black line runs up the proboscis, over the head and thorax, before fading away on darker coloured abdominal segments.

In crustaceans such as crabssome of the limbs attach to the abdomen; in insects the limbs are attached to the thorax the part of the body nearest to the head and not the abdomen. Surface shiny, head, thorax and wing-cases smooth, abdomen coarsely pitted dapnnis dorsum, the pits forming irregular lines; venter transversely creased, segments 12 to 14 closely pitted all over.

The pupa is usually inactive, and may be encased in a chrysalis, cocoon or other protective coating.

Oleander Hawkmoth, Daphnis nerii

Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic – Daphnis nerii May, http: Adphnis also have a pale streak on the tip of each forewing 2. Newly-hatched larvae mmwhich consume their eggshells, are bright yellow with an unusually long, very thin, blackish horn.

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Pairing is a short affair usually lasting, at most, four hours but, occasionally, a couple will remain in copula until morning. Narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth Hemaris tityus. Eye large, without pendant lashes. Adphnis to Pittawaythese are two migratory waves that reach our country, one in June and the other in August.