Well here we are just over 2 years living in Cyprus and we have never come across the Oleander Hawk Moth. And guess where it was hiding? You got it!! In the Oleander.
There is lots of Oleander in Cyprus including our garden where it flowers all year round. It is a toxic plant that shouldn’t be ingested nor should the would be burned as it gives of poisonous fumes but nonetheless it is beautiful. It can also be seen planted along the roads in the central reservations heading into Paphos and to the airport.
Newly hatched oleander hawk-moth larvae are three to four millimetres in length, bright yellow, and have a black, elongated “horn” on the rear of the body. As they get older, the larvae become green to brown with a large blue-and-white eyespot near the head and a yellow “horn” on the rear.
Just before it pupates, the oleander hawk moth larva becomes browner in colour. The pupa of this species measures around 5.5 to 7.5 centimetres in length, and is light brown with black spots and a black line down the middle.
The pupa is pale reddish or brownish white and has a wax-like appearance. It lies directly on the earth, under moss or dry leaves.
Next time you are in Cyprus be sure to search the Oleander when you see it and find the Oleander Hawk Moth.