View Full Version : Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis Nerii) cat?

05-Feb-2008, 02:54 AM



Painted Jezebel
05-Feb-2008, 03:14 PM
Certainly has all the characteristics of a Daphnis nerii cat.

As an addition, here is a bad pic of the pupa, which my gardener found today. I put the measure next to it so you can see that it is not just the cat which is huge!

05-Feb-2008, 06:58 PM
almost certainly D. nerii

Les - the pupa looks scorched, the pupae I've seen of this species have never been that dark - is it still active (does it wriggle?) - if not, then I'd suggest it may be parasitized.



05-Feb-2008, 07:25 PM
Thanks for the ID. :grin2:

Painted Jezebel
06-Feb-2008, 08:25 AM
Hi Roger, yes it is still wriggling, a lot! If it is parasitised, I have two more last instar cats due to pupate any day now. (Rescued from my Oleander bush before my gardeners sprayed the garden due to termite infestation)

Painted Jezebel
07-Feb-2008, 08:59 AM
Sorry to hijack your thread, Michael, but it really is not worth starting a new one.

Here are photos of the pre-pupal colouration of the cat, and the adult, which emerged last night from the 'scorched' pupa.

07-Feb-2008, 10:53 AM
Nice colours...

I will try to see if I can find the fella again.. and mebbe keep it too.

07-Feb-2008, 11:39 PM
Thanks for the update, Les.

Super colours!

cheers, Roger.