ID this moth/butterfly please





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    Default ID this moth/butterfly please

    Saw this at Vincent Spar East London yesterday. I have no idea if this is a butterfly or moth and what's it called.

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    I was told that if it sits with it's wings flat (like this one) it is a moth.......and if the wings are upright (closed) when he's sitting still it is a butterfly........

    Could be a general guideline only though........

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    Certainly a moth (and probably a sphingid). I have asked a boffin colleague for his opinion.
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    Hi

    My colleague, Prof. Martin Villet at Rhodes University Entomology department says it is an Oleander Hawk Moth (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_nerii for more).

    By the way, if forum members have similar queries, why not try uploading them onto iSpot? (https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa). it is one way of getting your observations to the attention of scientists and experts (so-called "citizen science").
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