February 9, 2010
I found this insect when we were trekking in Maharashtra, India.
Thanks for the help
Naneghat, Maharashtra, India
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a moth in the family Sphingidae. We looked on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website, and it looks similar to the caterpillar of Hippotion celerio. We then verified that with a photo on the Butterfly House of Australia website. If it is not Hippotion celerio, then we believe it is a closely related species in the same genus. We will try to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he has an opinion on this caterpillar.