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Daphnis nerii (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 1, 2022, 8:50 a.m.

A very rare vagrant in Belgium. Due to the current import of Nerium oleander, the species is seen almost every year.


Family: Sphingidae > Subfamily: Macroglossinae > Tribus: Macroglossini > Genus: Daphnis > Species: Daphnis nerii
Vernacular names
Oleanderpijsltaart (NL), Oleander Hawkmoth (EN), Le Sphinx du Laurier-rose (FR), Oleanderschwärmer (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 22 (as Deilephila Nerii). view page


A very rare migrant, but almost present every year.



Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly from May till late October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Nerium oleander and Vitis vinifera
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives mainly on Nerium, in captivity also accepts Ligustrum and Vinca. The larvae are not able to hibernate in our country due to the harsh conditions.

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