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Oleander Hawk-moth caterpillar

Daphnis nerii

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

peter
peter 9 years ago
Oleander Hawk-moth caterpillar
Daphnis nerii Daphnis nerii


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12 Comments

Little Rex
Little Rex 9 years ago

That is one amazing Caterpillar!

rivu.ghorai
rivu.ghorai 9 years ago

it is one of my personal favorites...

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 years ago

Lol, I agree, it looks like namaste. An amazing shot, just fantastic. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

rivu.ghorai
rivu.ghorai 9 years ago

i thought it is saying 'namaste' (hello in indian style). :-)

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 9 years ago

Haha it looks like its holding tiny little cymbals :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Looks like it is clapping.

rivu.ghorai
rivu.ghorai 9 years ago

thanks peter for suggesting id..

rivu.ghorai
rivu.ghorai 9 years ago

thanks ian..

IanMichaelIleto
IanMichaelIleto 9 years ago

nice one!

rivu.ghorai
rivu.ghorai 9 years ago

this is a defensive posture.. when it saw me photographing, it took this posture..

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Great Shot..

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

very cool caterpillar! What's going on with it? Ready to pupate.

rivu.ghorai
Spotted by
rivu.ghorai

Haldia, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Sep 11, 2010
Submitted on May 30, 2011

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