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Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Daphnis nerii )


It is very chubby green caterpillar with blue eye-liners .Though the appearance the specimen has fleshy, tubular, segmented bodies with three pairs of jointed legs with hooks attached to the thorax and ten abdominal segments. They can have up to four pairs of pro legs (fleshy, stubby little structures coming out from the middle of the abdomen)which helping it for crawling from leaf to leaf. With its green color it can camouflage very easily under leaf.


The bizarre specimen is found under the leaf of a Pinwheel Flower Plant Scientific name: Tabernaemontana divaricata | Family: Apocynaceae These caterpillars feed mainly on oleander (Nerium oleander) leaves, a highly toxic plant to which toxicity they are immune. That is why they are named so. They also may feed on most plants of the Apocynaceae family, in India.


These green caterpillars have 2 big amazing sky blue eye-spots with deep blue borders that make them look bigger and bizarre than they really are. The purpose of these eye-spots (may be) are to scare away possible predators.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Dec 12, 2011
Submitted on May 12, 2013

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