Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth | Click image for larger view. | Photo by Taimur Khan

Moth & Dahlia | Click image for larger view. | Photo by Taimur Khan

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4 comments

  1. i used to call this moth the commando moth… the interesting thing is that no two moths’ camo pattern matches… beautiful…

    1. After reading your comment, I googled “camouflage moth”, reached this page and found out that it’s the Pandora Sphinx Moth.

      What’s That Bug? is also a good site for identifying insects.

      Thanks for the clue!

      1. Your moth might be the oleander hawk moth, am saying that just because the pandora sphinx is supposedly a North american moth. Check these links out

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_nerii

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oleander_Hawk_Moth.jpg

        http://tpittaway.tripod.com/sphinx/d_ner.htm

        The interesting bit (if it really is Daphnis nerii) is that its a migratory species for south asia… I remember seeing a lot of these around a honeysuckle vine at our home in Islamabad…

  2. Although I’m understandably confused now, I think you are right – and I’ve changed the name to ‘Oleander Hawkmoth’.

    Thank you for the acute observations and for taking the time to share the wonderful links and information!

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