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Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Daphnis nerii

Description:

This Caterpillar was quietly sleeping after a good meal on a leaf. I silently took a snap of him without disturbing him. But somehow he got disturbed and woke up with an angry face. Then he calmed down and stretched his hand out for a handshake with a smiling face. After this he started munching on the leaf and he showed his mouth too..! The newborn caterpillars are pale blue. Their color changes to green as they grow. They have two spots resembling eyes on the forefront of their body which are called false eye..

Habitat:

Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa and Asia. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer. Daphnis nerii (Oleander Sphinx Moth or Oleander Hawk-Moth) is one of the most beautiful butterfly-like patterned moths on Earth.

Notes:

The caterpillars feed mainly on oleander (Nerium oleander) leaves, a highly toxic plant to which toxicity they are immune. They also may feed on most plants of the Apocynaceae family, such as Adenium obesum, and Tabernaemontana divaricata and Alstonia scholaris in India.

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289 Comments (1–25)

alana1
alana1 3 weeks ago

its incredible

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 3 weeks ago

I love the second picture!

WildlifeCrusader
WildlifeCrusader 3 months ago

Cute, but the third picture is a bit...creepy.

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 3 months ago

That's so cool!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 months ago

Yes Mona. It is very cute. Its false eyes make it more attractive..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 months ago

Thank you Vivian & purpleScarf..:)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 months ago

Lovely.. It's so cute..

Saumya Wanniarachchi
Saumya Wanniarachchi 9 months ago

Wow such a cute creature !

vivianpoma
vivianpoma 9 months ago

stunning!! wonderful series

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 months ago

@jprat001 Thank u. My pleasure to share..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 months ago

Thank u so much Ashish..:)

jprat001
jprat001 a year ago

great series! thanks for sharing

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Congrats for right honor for your efforts and organism...

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal a year ago

Thank you Atul..:)

Atul
Atul a year ago

congrats Sumukha :)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal a year ago

Thank you so much everyone..! Im really honored with the winner of best pic of 2012 award for this pic..:)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Super! Congratulations!

Jakubko
Jakubko a year ago

Congratulations Sumukha! This is great! Congratulations!!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Congratulations!

C.Sydes
C.Sydes a year ago

congrats, well deserved, awesome series

Congratulations on this great honor, Sumukha!

Congratulations Sumukha :):)

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

Congratulations Sumukha! This great series has been chosen as the winner in the Best of 2012, arthropods category.

http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/3975372...
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Cathy Hearst
Cathy Hearst a year ago

look like an alien!!!

pamsai
pamsai a year ago

Look what I found devouring my Oleander leaves!
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/165...

Shimoga, Karnataka, India

Lat: 13.93, Long: 75.57

Spotted on Jun 20, 2012
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

Reference

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