Hawk moth caterpillar#Sphinx moth caterpiller#Hummingbird moth caterpillar#
मराठी नाव - सुरवंट , कसरूंड
I got this near vashishthi river in chiplun. Biggest caterpillar I had ever seen 4-5 inches long.
Some info from wiki - Sphingid caterpillars are medium to large in size, with stout bodies. They have five pairs of prolegs. Usually, their bodies lack any hairs or tubercules, but most species have a "horn" at the posterior end, which may be reduced to a button, or absent, in the final instar. Many are cryptic greens and browns, and have countershading patterns to conceal them. Others are more conspicuously coloured, typically with white spots on a black or yellow background along the length of the body. A pattern of diagonal slashes along the side is a common feature. When resting, the larva usually holds its legs off the surface and tucks its head underneath (praying position), which, resembling the Egyptian Sphinx, gives rise to the name 'sphinx moth'