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Oleander Hawk Moth (Pupa)

Daphnis nerii


Cover picture is Day 14 of the Oleander Hawk Moth's pupa. Very visible already and I think ready to emerge were the wings. I truly, truly regret, I did not notice it at once, that's why I did not wait for the actual eclosion. This was at around 9pm Dec 30, 2012. When I returned to check it at 12:30am Dec 31, the "baby" adult hawkmoth was already born. I was ecstatic to see her alive, but later realized that I missed a golden chance to see her birth. Pic #2 - Day 13. Notice the darkening of the pupa at the head and thorax area. Taken at around 6pm, Dec 29. Pic #3 - Day 14. Pupa was dark color all over, including the abdomen area. Taken at around 6pm, Dec 30. Pic #4 - Day 14. Pre-eclosion stage. Taken at around 9pm, Dec 30. Pic #5 - Day 15. Empty pupal case. Taken at 1am, Dec 31.


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Here are the related spottings: Male Oleander Hawkmoth - Releasing the Female Hawkmoth - Newly-eclosed Female Adult - Days 13and14 Pre-eclosion Pupa and Day 15 Pupal case - Days 10and12 Pupa - Day 2 Pupa - 5th Instar Pre-pupal Larva - 5th Instar Larva - 2nd Instar Larva -

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Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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