Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Yesterday I posted a photo of a colorful caterpillar that is the larval stage of the Oleander Hawk Moth. Today's photo shows the adult Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii). Don't you love it's camouflage suit?
We see only a handful of these large heavy-bodied moths around our garden each year. This one was perched at the base of a stone wall. After I took a few shots like this, I tried to move the moth so that I could photograph it from a better angle, but the moth would have none of that. As soon as I touched it, off it flew!
Update: Here's a much better picture of an Oleander Hawk Moth.