8272 - Empyreuma pugione,

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

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Final instar larva

Freshly emerged adult

Freshly emerged adult

General Species Information

Host Plant: Oleander - Host unknown in the Keys

Historical Range:  South Florida and the Caribbean

Our Experience with this Species: This species is far more common on the Florida mainland than it is in the Keys. It is highly associated with ornamental oleander plants and can be a true pest as larvae will quickly defoliate large bushes

Notes:  This species is diurnal but occasionally shows up at lights

Distribution Chart

K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island

Adult Flight Chart

  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

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