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Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Daphnis nerii


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..


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.


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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269 Comments (1–25)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thanks nrvero. Yes, It does look like a cartoon..!

nrvero 9 years ago

Incredible. It looks like a cartoon!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u WildlifeCrusader, Alana & HazelMarley..:)

HazelMarley 9 years ago

I love the second picture!

WildlifeCrusader 10 years ago

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

HazelMarley 10 years ago

That's so cool!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

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

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Thank you Vivian & purpleScarf..:)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Lovely.. It's so cute..

Saumya Wanniarachchi
Saumya Wanniarachchi 10 years ago

Wow such a cute creature !

vivianpoma 10 years ago

stunning!! wonderful series

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

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

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Thank u so much Ashish..:)

jprat001 11 years ago

great series! thanks for sharing

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

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

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Thank you Atul..:)

Atul 11 years ago

congrats Sumukha :)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years 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 11 years ago

Super! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Congratulations Sumukha! This is great! Congratulations!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago


C.Sydes 11 years ago

congrats, well deserved, awesome series

Congratulations on this great honor, Sumukha!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations Sumukha :):)

KarenL 11 years ago

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

Sumukha Javagal
Spotted by
Sumukha Javagal

Shivamogga, Karnataka, India

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

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