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Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Daphnus nerii

Description:

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.



1 species ID suggestions

17 Comments

Rashmi
Rashmi a month ago

Thanks yaar... I spent an hour looking for it on internet. Beautiful. :)
My mom found a lot of these in our garden and she thinks I know the zoological name of every creature on the earth.
Birds are a lot easier to identify ;)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thanks yuiki..:-) This is the last stage of the caterpillar before turning into cocoon. The first stage is here- http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/120...

YuikiYuki
YuikiYuki 4 years ago

Black eyes...so cute ^^

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thanks Yuriana..:-)

YurianaMartínez
YurianaMartínez 4 years ago

veeery nice

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thank you Mayra..:-)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

@cecihelper1. Thank you. It is not a worm. It is a thorn like thing when it is small and as it grows it becomes like the one above.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 4 years ago

Cool picture!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thank u Atul..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thank u Ashok N Pulliyerengi..:)

Atul
Atul 4 years ago

Superb spot!

fantastic

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thank you very much Nicholas4,Nopayahnah & Leuba..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 4 years ago

Thank you very much for the suggestion Aldrin..:)

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 4 years ago

Phenomenal close-up!

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Wow!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Great spotting and photo, by the way !

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Hi SumukhaJavaqal, Have a look at the picture of a similar caterpillar here:
http://www.lepsoc.org/what_is_it_help_ot...

It could be a hawk moth caterpillar

Shivamogga, Karnataka, India

Lat: 13.93, Long: 75.57

Spotted on Jul 7, 2007
Submitted on Feb 2, 2012

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