Caterpiller Daphnis nerii oleander hawk moth

Green Bangkok Bug

According to Wikipedia, this little creature is a Daphnis nerii, the oleander hawk-moth or army green moth of the family Sphingidae. It was described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. Almost stepped onto the little guy while walking down a sidewalk last night here in Bangkok. Up close it looked plasticy yet somehow menacing. Apparently, the florescent green color and what look like big scary bug eyes are actually just patterns which have evolved over time as an elaborate visual defense system to scare off potential predators. For us, the color alone helped us avoid squashing the critter.