Location: Koh Samui
August 1, 2011 2:56 am
found this rather amazing creature on the small airport of Koh Samui, on the last day of our vacation (30th of July). It was dead when we found it. Was quite big (maybe 5 cm long). Hope you can shed some light on the nature of this thing 🙂
Signature: Niels Matthijs
This is an Oleander Hawkmoth, Deilephila nerii, and because it is a strong flier, its range has increased in recent years due to the cultivation of its food plant, oleander, in gardens that have a mild climate. We needed to do our research to learn that Koh Samui is an island off Thailand. You can read more about the Oleander Hawkmoth on the Sphingidae of the Americas website where the species is included because it has been introduced to Hawaii.