Subject: Swallowtail Catterpillar
Location: New Delhi India
January 4, 2017 4:55 am
You’ve been very helpful till now, i found this fat big caterpillar, i think it is a swallowtail, but which species ?
thank you kindly
This is not a Swallowtail Caterpillar, and it is not even a Butterfly Caterpillar, but rather a Hawkmoth Caterpillar, commonly called a Hornworm. It is an Oleander Hawkmoth Hornworm. It will mature into an Oleander Hawkmoth, so we are speculating there was an oleander shrub nearby. The species is not found without oleander.
I figured after sending you a request, as i was googling more caterpillars with black markings, we have Yellow Oleander trees in access. Thanks,