Oleander Hawk-moth

  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth
  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth
  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth
  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth
  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth
  • Oleander Hawk-moth
    Oleander Hawk-moth

Scientific name: Daphnis nerii

August-October (although this immigrant species is not seen every year the UK)

Usually seen at a light source. After dusk it can be seen feeding from tubular flowers, such as honeysuckle and tobacco.

Adults fly between August and October (although this immigrant species is not seen every year the UK)

Size and Family

  • Family: Hawk-moths (Sphingidae)
  • Size: Large, 9-13cm wingspan

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Periwinkle (Vinca spp.) as well as oleander (Nerium oleander), but on the continent - the larva is very rarely found in Britain.

Distribution

  • Countries –Sicily, Crete, Cyprus, northern Africa
  • Widespread in the UK, although rare. Seen as far north as Scotland, although usually in south England, probably the offspring of moths that breed insouthern Europe in the summer.

Habitat

Usually coastal in the UK. Abroad breeds in very warm. open places, e.g. scrubland/hillsides.