Oleander Hawkmoth from Israel

Subject: Pandorus sphinx moth
Location: ISRAEL
May 10, 2014 1:27 pm
Yesterday I spotted a very unusual bug. Turns out to be a pandorus sphinx moth.
Spotted in midday on a car tire. By what I read it is native to North America and here is my question: I live in Israel! Have you heard of these moths migrating such long distances? Is it something I should be worried about and report to the authorities if it isn’t native to this region?
I hope the picture came out clear. I photographed it from my other camera. Is this indeed the pandorus sphinx moth?
Thank you
Signature: Tina

Oleander Hawkmoth
Oleander Hawkmoth

Hi Tina,
This is not a Pandorus Sphinx, however, it is a moth in the same family Sphingidae.  Your moth is an Oleander Hawkmoth.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for your prompt response.
There are oleander flowers in the area so that could be why it’s here.
And thank you for solving my little “mystery”.

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