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Oleander Hawk Moth  (Daphnis Nerii)

This has to be one the most beautiful, colourful moths I have ever reared and photographed especially a freshly merged specimen with its various shades of green marbled patterns suffused with pinks, purple and white. The legs and antennae are a creamy white. The green spots bordered with cream near the forewing edges give an impression of eyes on both sides of the thorax to help frighten any predator. This is quite a large moth with a wingspan up to 120mm. The larvae feed on Oleander or periwinkle and other plants in the wild but in captivity they are easy to rear on privet. Migrates northwards from the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and North Africa, occasionally found in the UK.

Wings can be seen developing inside the pupae

Oleander Hawk Moth Larvae.