8284 - Syntomedia epilais,

Polka-dotted Wasp Moth 

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Freshly emerged adult

Final instar larva

General Species Information

Host Plant: Oleander (Nerium oleander), Desert Rose (Adenium species), Devil's Potato (Echites umbellata) and perhaps other members of the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae)

Historical Range:  Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean

Our Experience with this Species: This is one of the most abundant species in the Keys. It appears in all months and in every location we have surveyed

Notes:  This species is common on the mainland of Florida and is concidered a pest to ornamental oleander plants. This species will quickly defoliate large volumes of foliage which usually ends up in spraying of the plant or even the removal of the plant. Despite its common nature, this species is quite handsome. Its slow, lazy diurnal habits make them a welcome guest to butterfly and moth gardens.

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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