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Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Family Sphingidae, Daphnis hypothous


Bright lime green caterpillar to 8cms, pale blue and whit eye spots. When disturbed it curled up the front of its body to make its 'eyes' bigger and scarier.


Feeding on Dillenia suffruticosa at Cattana Wetlands QLD

1 Species ID Suggestions

Sphingidae moth
Daphnis hypothous Daphnis hypothous

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craigwilliams 8 years ago

Hello Andrea, this is a very interesting spotting as there aren't so many feeding records for Daphnis hypothous (which isn't the Oleander hawkmoth btw, that's Daphnis nerii) and there aren't any for Dilleniaceae. I'm pretty sure this plant isn't Dillenia suffruticosa. It reminds me of Nauclea orientalis, which would also be a new feeding record but would correspond to other records on plants in the family Rubiaceae. Do you have any other photos which show more of the plant? Also, did you actually observe the caterpillar feeding or see signs of herbivory nearby on the plant? Many thanks!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

Thank you Franziska for the assistance with the ID. Much appreciated!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

Thank you Gerardo and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Great macro!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Great spot and shots :)

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 9, 2013

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