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Oleander Hawkmoth

Daphnis nerii

Description:

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

Habitat:

suburban dwelling

Notes:

Daphnis nerii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae; Macroglossinae; Macroglossini)

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6 Comments

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe 7 months 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 7 months ago

@i_munasinghe
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!

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe 7 months ago

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

Richard Ong
Richard Ong 7 months ago

@i_munasinghe
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.

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe 7 months 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
Ingrid3 7 months 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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