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2010-08-17 17:59:00
The Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) is also known as the Oleander Sphinx moth. It is found in Africa and extremely southern Europe, but will migrate to northern Europe (where it cannot survive the winter) in many years. This moth species has also been recorded in recent years from Hawaii where it must have been introduced by human activities. A similar species the Pandora Sphinx moth is found in North America. The two species are very hard to distinguish as adults, let alone the caterpillar (larval) stage. In North America the designation of "Sphinx" moth is important as it properly places them in the family Sphingidae. They might otherwise be confused with a totally different moth, The Pandora Moth, that is a member of the family Saturniidae and can become a serious pest on pine trees in the western US.