An image search on google have me the idea that it might be a Lime Hawk Moth caterpillar. Often comes to light, but does not feed. The photographs featured of Oleander Hawkmoth caterpillars were received from Yuh Tian, Keith Richards, Dirk Kotze, Tracy Janjevic, Matt Worthington, Sue Brough and Vinita. The curved abdomen and green colouration is a clear diagnostic of the male. In warm temperatures the moth emerges within 30 days. 1 Response. As a counter balance to this they have evolved very effective camouflage. The Oleander Hawkmoth, Daphnis nerii, is a member of the Sphingidae family of moths and one of the most beautiful Hawkmoths in the world. The 3 pairs of legs (the true legs) are attached to the the thorax of the adult insect and from the front to the back of the head are named as follows:- The Prothoracic, the Mesothoracic and the Metathoracic legs. The main larval foodplants are the flowers and leaves of oleander and periwinkle but include others such as Jasminum, Vinca and Vitis, also accepting privet in captivity – recommended references Jim Porter and A.R Pittaway (see below). Sadly it will inevitably either die from hunger or more than likely becomes prey to some hungry bird. See the caterpillar identification help page. Moths of the British Isles – Bernard Skinnner. [2] The species overwinters as a pupa in the soil at the base of its host tree. This helps them to generate sufficient heat to warm their wing muscles enough to be able to take flight. Oleander Hawkmoth pupa, Dapnis nerii. Multnomah County Oregon. Zebra Longwing Butterfly Caterpillar . Usually, the forewing ground colour is brownish in females and decidedly green in males, but there are many exceptions. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. The pupae overwinter with the adult Hawkmoth emerging in May. One caterpillar was successfully reared through with the moth emerging in 18 days. The larvae feed on lime (Tilia) as well as a number of other deciduous trees including birch (Betula), alder (Alnus) and elm (Ulmus). Lime Hawk-moth. This site uses cookies. The wingspan is 70–80 millimetres (2.8–3.1 in). Adults can be seen between May and early July. Mimas tiliae, the lime hawk-moth, is a moth of the family Sphingidae.It is found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East, and has also been identified in eastern Canada.The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. The hindwings are plainer, grey or buffish brown. Its large, dense body will give it the sustenance needed to fly large distances in search of a female. They can also be found on tree trunks and lime foliage. Other caterpillars can be seen in the British caterpillar gallery. The Oleander Hawkmoths pupate amongst dry leaf litter and soil. Fully grown larvae have quite short, yellowy orange, down turned tail horns. However, in the northern parts of Europe, where small numbers of migrants are recorded annually, it’s unable to survive the colder winters at any stage of its life cycle. However, this particular specimen was not caught in my moth trap but was spotted by my son Daniel, basking in the glorious spring sunshine while resting on an outside garden wall. Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM / f14 / 1/250 / ISO 400. Copyright © 2010-2020 Wildlife Insight. Vinita in Bangalore, India found several Oleander Hawkmoth caterpillars feeding in her garden on vinca rosea, a species closely related to Madagascan periwinkle. The startling blue false eyes are most clearly seen when a fully grown caterpillar is threatened. This makes them more docile in the early morning hours than smaller moths and hence with care easier to photograph. For more naturalistic and aesthetically pleasing shots I transferred the Lime Hawk moth to a shrub branch in my back garden.