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Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii) by Steve Covey: This female was bred in captivity - but from ova collected in the wild under license from Rhodes, Greece. She has a 90mm [nearly 4"] wing span!! The caterpillars feed on oleander leaves and are immune to their toxicity. Adult prefer to feed on the fragrant blossoms of jasmine, honey suckle and petunia. #Oleander_Hawk_Moth #Steve_Covey #Insects
Cool caterpillar from The Featured Creature: Here's an example of mind-blowing mimicry: this is the caterpillar of the Hawk Moth Eupanacra elegantulus which has decided to forgo the typical larval appearance of caterpillars for that of a more sinister snake-like form.