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Daphnis nerii

Daphnis nerii
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Copyright: manee makkala (makkala) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 84] (1733)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caterpillars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-27 6:55
Viewed: 3825
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Oleander Hawk-moth Daphnis nerii is a hawk-moth found in South Europe, in the Tropics and Subtropics of Africa and Asia but also in East Europe and in the North of the Alps as a guest.
....From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Oleander Hawk Moth, Deilephila nerii or Daphnis nerii (Wing span: 90--110mm) is primarily associated with "the southern Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East to Afghanistan (Ebert, 1969). Along the Mediterranean, there is no clear distinction between resident and migrant populations. Permanent populations exist in suitable locations in Sicily, Crete and Cyprus; however, over a number of favourable years further colonies may be established in those islands and also in southern Italy and southern Greece, all of which die out during a hard winter."
" Fully-grown larvae (100-130mm, brown or green forms) show little difference from younger ones, except for the change in eye-spots, and the horn losing its bulbous cap and becoming orange with a black tip, finely warted, and downward curved. In some individuals the dorsal surface is rosy, while in most the dorso-lateral line becomes edged in blue.
"In their final instar, some assume a bronze colour with rosy red anterior segments, which tends to mask the pre-pupation plum coloration; in all, however, the newly acquired blue-black dorsal pigmentation, the now black eye-spots and unchanged white spots on either side of the dorso-lateral line remain prominent."

... http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/dnerii.htm

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Ciao Manee, great macro with fantastic caterpillar, splendid green color, excellent sharpness and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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