Location: Tampa, FL
October 18, 2010 3:55 pm
This little dude was hanging out on the door frame to my apartment, and after much searching can’t find anything he resembles except a polka dot wasp moth, but he doesn’t seem to have the right coloring or markings.
It is mid-October in West Central Florida near Tampa, and while I tried to get as good a picture as possible, the light isn’t amazing. His wings were a dark orange-red, and his body a dark blue or purple. His body also had a powdery look to it, instead of shiny.
Even though we lightened the levels on your photograph, the image does not do justice to the lovely red wings of the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth, Empyreuma affinis, which can be viewed in our archives as well as on BugGuide. You are correct in your comparison to another wasp mimic Tiger Moth, the Polkadot Wasp Moth