Definition of oleander hawkmoth in English:

oleander hawkmoth

noun

  • A large migratory hawkmoth, Daphnis nerii, found widely in the Old World, with forewings that are patterned in shades of green and caterpillars that feed on oleander or periwinkle leaves; also "oleander hawk".

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in George Shaw (1751–1813), natural historian.