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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Oleander Hawk moth

(Daphnis nerii)

is a species of moth of the family Sphingidae (hawk/humming bird moths). they are endemic to parts of Africa and Asia, and Europe during the summer. True to their name they mostly feed on flowers of the oleander plant (Nerium oleander) as they are immune to it’s toxins. they are fairly sized as far as moths go, growing an wingspan of up too 100mm wide. also their camouflage looks like the camouflage that hunters use.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Sphingidae-Daphnis-nerii

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