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Please identify
February 9, 2010
I found this insect when we were trekking in Maharashtra, India.
Thanks for the help
Swati Babaria
Naneghat, Maharashtra, India

Hornworm from India: Hippotion celerio???

Hello Swati,
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.

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