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Empyreuma pugione

Spotted oleander caterpillar moth

Synonym(s): Empyreuma affinis

Not native to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 07/24/13
Volusia Co. FL 05/30/20
Volusia Co. FL 05/30/20
Volusia Co. FL 05/30/20
Volusia Co. FL 05/30/20
Volusia Co. FL 05/30/20
Volusia Co. FL 10/09/07
Volusia Co. FL 10/09/07

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This day-flying moth can be seen year-round in the central and southern peninsula of Florida. It is native to the Caribbean ranging through the Greater Antillies and first reported in Florida in 1978.
The wings are reddish with chocolate-brown tips. The body is dark bluish-black with white spots on the abdomen. The larvae are hairy and bright orange. The larval host is oleander, although found on less frequently than the oleander caterpillar (Syntomeida epilais var. jucundissima)

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Empyreuma pugione is a member of the Arctiidae - Tiger moths family.


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Date record last modified: Jun 03, 2020


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