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Oleander Hawk Moth Catterpillar

Daphnis nerii

Description:

Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa and Asia. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer. The caterpillars feed mainly on oleander (Nerium oleander) leaves, a highly toxic plant to which toxicity they are immune. They also may feed on most plants of the Apocynaceae family, such as Adenium obesum, and Tabernaemontana divaricata and Alstonia scholaris in India. The newborn caterpillars are pale blue. Their color changes to green then brownish-yellow as they grow. They have two spots resembling eyes on the forefront of their body.

Notes:

Urban garden.

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8 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Wonderful series Leana!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic!!!

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Grandioso::

Dixie
Dixie 9 years ago

Bravo!

Thank you ♥

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

nice spot leana

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Interesting series!

Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 31, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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