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Oleander Hawkmoth

Daphnis nerii


both 4th instars; colour difference due to diet - one on the leaves and the other on the flowers of host plant Adenium obesum


suburban dwelling


Daphnis nerii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae; Macroglossinae; Macroglossini)

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Irandi Munasinghe
Irandi Munasinghe 2 years ago

Yes yes, with my question brought up, I did some reading and this information was there and now its confirmed! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, looking forward for more! :)

Richard Ong
Richard Ong 2 years ago

another thing i forgot to mention, that contrary to popular assumption, NOT all 5th instars turn brownish prior to pupation as some do remain green!

Irandi Munasinghe
Irandi Munasinghe 2 years ago

Yes we do indeed! :) Thank you so much, its fascinating!

Richard Ong
Richard Ong 2 years ago

we learn new things everyday, dont we?
you may rest easy as many others have the same thought as you, so you are not alone. i have been observing them for years in my garden, and at times even those in their 2nd or 3rd instars turn brownish too if the munched on the flowers.

Irandi Munasinghe
Irandi Munasinghe 2 years ago

Wow! I didn't know that the color difference arise due to their diet, I thought they all turn brown in their 5th instar just before pupation..

Ingrid3 2 years ago

So Beautiful!

Richard Ong
Spotted by
Richard Ong

Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Dec 13, 2020
Submitted on Dec 13, 2020

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