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oleander moth


1 1/2" long body. Black wings with white spots. Bright blue and orange body also with white spots.


Scooped out of the Indian River. Put up on dock and it flew back in.

1 Species ID Suggestions

ceherzog 12 years ago
Oleander Moth, Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Syntomeida epilais Syntomeida epilais

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ceherzog 12 years ago

You're welcome. I can see auntnance's common name...they are red, white & blue! Very attractive moths that were introduced with the Oleander plant. The caterpillar is pretty destructive to the oleander and other plants as Alice noted. They will also eat Adenium obesum, another plant in the Apocynaceae.

auntnance123 12 years ago

"Uncle Sam" moth I've heard them called. That is pretty cool; I haven't seen but one in the past few years. (Pretty bug in spite of their pest status.)

Riverboy 12 years ago

ceherzog thanks for the ID. There are oleanders near by.

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

They also frequent Alamanda vine. They visit mine every Summer.

ceherzog 12 years ago

Do you have Oleander trees around? An exotic pest in Florida. The caterpillars are orange with black tufts of hair. Oleander Moth

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 7, 2011
Submitted on Jul 7, 2011

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