Subject: Polka dot wasp with orange butt
Location: SW Florida
August 2, 2013 6:43 am
Two are making a nest under my front porch in Eastern Sarasota County, Sarasota, Florida. What bee it???
The common name for this insect is Polka-Dot Wasp Moth. It is a moth that mimics a stinging wasp for protection. They are not making a nest. Rather, this looks like the remains of a cocoon. The caterpillar, which feeds on oleander, spun its cocoon in your eaves, and you didn’t notice anything until the moth[s] emerged.