Polka-dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Polka-dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais)

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I wasn’t close enough to get a clear shot. See below for one from 2010

Does not sting. Wasp mimic. Adults pollinate. Flies during the day

Larval hosts: Florida native: DEVIL’S POTATO; RUBBERVINE (Echites umbellatus) (limited to coast of southern Florida); Exotic: Oleander which has expanded it range throughout the U.S.

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Syntomeida-epilais

Learn more: http://beautifulnativeplants.blogspot.com/2016/02/an-exception-to-rules.html

Above Shown on nectaring on Florida Native Plant: GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia)

From 2010 on Bidens alba

From 2010 on Bidens alba

Caterpillars on Exotic Oleander (2010)

Caterpillars on Exotic Oleander (2010)

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