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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:48 PM   #1
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:49 PM   #2
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It's usually difficult to spot me, because I am so well camouflaged in my host plant.
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:51 PM   #3
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In fact, I get my name from my host plant - the oleander. You can see me when my hunger gets me into the open.
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:52 PM   #4
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I cling to the branches of the oleander plant and relish the leaves..
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:53 PM   #5
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.and hang with the help of the firm grip provided by me feet.
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 11:54 PM   #6
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Here is my full view.
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 12:00 AM   #7
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And my top view..
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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And finally, to give you an overll perspective, the image with the host plant and flower. I measure a full 8 cm! I am in the adult stage now, and soon I will go into the pupa stage and later on emerge as a beautiful oleander hawk moth!
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Excellent documentation of an unusual caterpillar. Thanks for the posting. Watch for it to pupate, photograph that stage, and then try to be there when it emerges, so you can show us the adult. I have done thisfor a couple of butterflies, but never had the chanceto photograph the life cycle ofa moth.
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Nice shots Raghu. Never seen a Caterpillar on an Oleander plant before. The leaves of the plantare so bitter and thickthat I thought no animal wants to eat it.

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