Dear Mr Bugman,
I live in Cyprus (south west area) yesterday whilst cleaning the swimming pool, the attached was found dead in the bottom, I have tried to find out information, unsuccessfully, so at this point I am asking for your help in identifying the above, also any possibly explanation as to how it would have ended up where it did, there is no damage on it at all. I look forward to receiving your answer on this matter. Thanks for your assistance.
Janet Hughes

Hi Janet,
This appears to be an Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar, Deilephila nerii or Daphnis nerii. If you have an oleander shrub nearby, the caterpillar probably left the shrub to pupate. Pupation occurs occurs underground. Many caterpillars change color just before pupation, which would explain the pink color.

3 Responses to Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar drowned in Cyprus swimming pool

  1. Trish_Dubai says:

    I was very pleased to discover your site, two 9cm long caterpillars are devouring my desert rose and I wanted to know what they were.
    The link to other site was very interesting and has great detail.
    http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/dnerii.htm
    I shall leave the two to pupate and hope they survive.
    Trish
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Trish_Dubai says:

    I was very pleased to discover your site, two 9cm long caterpillars are devouring my desert rose and I wanted to know what they were.
    The link to other site was very interesting and has great detail.
    http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/dnerii.htm
    I shall leave the two to pupate and hope they survive.
    Trish
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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