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Jade Hawkmoth

Daphnis hypothous crameri

Description:

Large moth similar in appearance to the oleander Hawkmoth but more rare

Habitat:

Lowland tropical rainforest

Notes:

I spotted this one gloomy morning on the main trail in Sinharaja Forest reserve. At first I thought it was the oleander Hawkmoth but I was corrected. This is actually a more rare species which makes it even that much more special. I took more photos but they are all from this angle as it was surrounded by plants.

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7 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Yes it does :-)

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 years ago

Okay great, thanks Daniele for the detailed info! It does have the white spot right?

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Dan, I've just seen the shot I was hoping for on your Facebook page :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

OK Dan, this is from Wikipedia:
"Wings are similar to D. nerii but very much darker on both dorsal and ventral side. A white spot is present at the apex of fore wing and at the end of cell of fore wing o ventral side."
It would be great, for illustration purposes, if by any chance one of your other shots showed the wing tips unclipped?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_hy...

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Awesome spotting! Such a beautiful animal.

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 years ago

Thanks D! The difference is based on markings in the fore wings I was told by an aspiring entomologist on IG and PN. Though I'm taking his word for it, I don't know the actual differences.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Interesting Dan! What are the criteria to differentiate the two species?

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 25, 2017
Submitted on Jan 30, 2017

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