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Oleander Hawk-moth (Caterpillar)

Oleander Hawk-moth (Caterpillar)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, ISO 100, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 4:09
Viewed: 3584
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Daphnis
Species: D. nerii
Binomial name : Daphnis nerii (Linnaeus, 1758)

Da Daphnis nerii
Sv Oleandersvärmare
No Oleandersvermer
Fi Oleanterikiitäjä
Is Daphnis nerii
En Oleander Hawk-moth
De Oleander-Schwärmer
Fr Daphnis nerii
Nl Daphnis nerii

Description: Wingspan 80-120mm. Adults of this beautiful species have intricately patterned forewings, which are a mixture of olive greens, suffused with small blotches of pink and white. There is also a pale apical streak on each forewing. The hindwings are greyish green, with a pale white wavy line. It has a similar resting posture to the Eyed Hawk-moth.

Key Identification Features:

Large size; rests with its abdomen curled upwards
The olive green colour of the wings and abdomen
White apical streaks
Time of year

Flight Period: Adults have been recorded in August, September and October.

Status: A colourful migrant moth that migrates northwards each year from the warmer Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and North Africa. This is one of the rarest migrants to reach N. Ireland. It has only been recorded on three occasions, at Ballywalter, Down October 1938, Belfast, Antrim September 1954 and Carrickfergus Marina, Antrim in August 1995. It is rarely reported elsewhere in Ireland the only records being from counties Carlow in 1953 and Dublin in 1944, 1953 and most recently 1997.

Ecology: In southern Europe this species produces more that one generation a year, but it does not breed in northern Europe. The larvae feed on Oleander Nerium oleander and periwinkle Vinca spp. It will also accept privet in captivity.

World Distribution: North Africa eastwards into Asia


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Hi Thijs
Beautiful photo. Nice warm, saturated colors. great buckground and sharpnes.

I am wondering how it looks like upside down

Best wishes

Hi Thijs,

I like this macro shot a lot. Interesting representation to see it upside down. Well done.


Great shot of this attractive green catapillar.
Well composed upside-down shot.
Excellent sharpness, POV and DOF
Great OOF background



Very good composed macro-shot. Excellent sharpness and colours. Nice POV, thanks


awesome...nice colours..


Hi Thijs

what a really beautiful caterpillar and with such vivid colours. you have photo'ed it really well wit excelletn sharpness, DOF and POV.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-22 9:55]

Hello Thijs,
WHat a splendid capture of this beautiful caterpillar. Great details of the interesting pattern and lovely colours. Very well lit and I like its position under the leaf. Excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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