Seen only in Florida, the bright orange wings bleed into dark purple on the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.The spotted oleander caterpillar is a recent immigrant to the United States, first recorded in Florida in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, in February 1978. The spotted oleander caterpillar’s distribution within Florida is quite limited, be-ing relatively common only in the Keys and south Florida. It is a native of the Caribbean region and has been recorded from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.Because there is also a “spotted oleander moth” aka the “polka dot wasp moth” that refers to the species Syntomeida epilais! It is a relative of Empyreuma pugione, the “spotted oleander caterpillar”. Confusing, because the adult of Empyreuma pugione is not spotted at all – it refers to their spotted larvae (spotted CATERPILLAR). Spotted oleander caterpillar.
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