Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oleander Moth or Polka-Dot Wasp Moth

The Polka-Dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais) is a species of moth thought to be native to the Caribbean. The species is also called the Oleander Moth after the Oleander plant, from which its young feed. Like most wasp moths, these moths are day fliers.
And they prefer neotropic areas, to which they are native. The North American subspecies is S. epilais jucundissima, which is locally common in all areas of Florida, and has been seen as far north as Savannah, GA.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


Hugh said...

Great pictures of a cool beast! Nothing like that lives up here. Very cool.

Craig Glenn said...

Thanks Hugh!

Sandi McBride said...

Oh so beautiful, too beautiful for words...the blues are blue the dots are dots and the white simply pops...
thanks for sharing!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Amazing what an unusual insect and so pretty on that flower. He's Halloween colors