Oleander Hawk Moth, larva (Daphnis nerii)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
This colorful caterpillar is the larval stage of the Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii). We see just a few of these around our garden every year. This one was about 2 inches (5 cm) long. I love the great big eye spots.
The caterpillar in this photo is in the late larval stage. Next it will become a pupa. Eventually, when its development is complete, the adult moth will emerge. Tomorrow I'll post a photo of the adult moth - the final product of this creature's metamorphosis.