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Hawk Moth  photo by Michele Hoffman

Hawk Moth photo by Michele Hoffman

I once looked after two of these moths since they were caterpillars. these great creatures are proof not all moths are gross

I once looked after two of these moths since they were caterpillars. these great creatures are proof not all moths are gross

Daphnis nerii (formerly Deilephila nerii), known as the Oleander Hawk-moth, is a moth of the Sphingidae family. Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa and Asia. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer. Daphnis nerii (Oleander Sphinx Moth or Oleander Hawk-Moth) is one of the most beautiful butterfly-like patterned moths on Earth.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_nerii

Daphnis nerii (formerly Deilephila nerii), known as the Oleander Hawk-moth, is a moth of the Sphingidae family. Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa and Asia. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer. Daphnis nerii (Oleander Sphinx Moth or Oleander Hawk-Moth) is one of the most beautiful butterfly-like patterned moths on Earth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_nerii

I took this picture. this gorgeous elephant hawk moth was in our garden one summer. unbelievable colours and 2 inches long!

I took this picture. this gorgeous elephant hawk moth was in our garden one summer. unbelievable colours and 2 inches long!

Daphnis Hübner (Oleander hawkmoth)    The adults feed on nectar of a great variety of flowers. They have a preference for fragrant species like petunia, jasmine and honeysuckle. They are especially active in the twilight time, hovering over the flowers after sunset.

Daphnis Hübner (Oleander hawkmoth) The adults feed on nectar of a great variety of flowers. They have a preference for fragrant species like petunia, jasmine and honeysuckle. They are especially active in the twilight time, hovering over the flowers after sunset.

20 Bizarre Animals That You Never Knew Existed animals animal animal pictures cool animals

20 Bizarre Animals That You Never Knew Existed animals animal animal pictures cool animals

Two Death's Head Hawk Moth caterpillars- they look like they are from Alice and Wonderland!

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Two Death's Head Hawk Moth caterpillars- they look like they are from Alice and Wonderland!

Deaths head moth. Still makes me think of Hannibal Lecter, but an awesome moth none the less.

Deaths head moth. Still makes me think of Hannibal Lecter, but an awesome moth none the less.

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