A large and beautifully marked Oleander Hawk-moth, photographed on a wall in our garden two years ago. I assume that it laid the small green eggs visible on the wall below it.

The larvae of this moth are able to eat the poisonous leaves of the oleander, hence its name. Because of its camouflage colours it is also known as the Army Green Moth. Its scientific name is Daphis nerii. It is a migratory moth mostly found across Africa, in southern Europe and in south and east Asia.

Unfortunately, unlike in the past, I seldom see these moths or their larvae (caterpillars) these days.

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