Beauty and the Beast!

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

Artist's Description

An Oleander Hawk Moth with a frustrated gecko under the outside lights of our home at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Pylstertmot en ’n hongerige geitjie onder ’n buitelig van ons huis op Jansenville.

Daphnis nerii (formerly Deilephila nerii), known as the Oleander Hawk Moth or Army Green Moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family, found in Africa, southern Europe, south and east Asia.
Its members are commonly known as the hummingbird, sphinx or hawk moths. This beautiful and attractive species has a wingspan of 8-12 cm. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer.
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. The caterpillars feed mainly on oleander (Nerium oleander) leaves, a highly toxic plant to which toxicity they are immune. It rest by day with its abdomen protruding upwards and flies mostly just after dusk or before dawn. Adults feed on flowers such as Petunia, Lonicera, Nicotiana, Saponaria and others.

Geitjies is klein tot middelmatig groot akkedisse wat tot die familie Gekkonidae behoort en regoor die wêreld in gebiede met ’n warm klimaat voorkom.

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

Artwork Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
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