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Jade Hawkmoth

Daphnis hypothous crameri


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


Lowland tropical rainforest


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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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Yes it does :-)

dandoucette 4 years ago

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

DanielePralong 4 years ago

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

DanielePralong 4 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?

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Awesome spotting! Such a beautiful animal.

dandoucette 4 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 4 years ago

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

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Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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

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