Subject: caterpillar on allamanda vine
Location: Amberbris Caye, Belize Central America
September 15, 2013 4:05 pm
We seem to have an bunch of these caterpillars munching on our allamanda vine, they are eating the leaves and the yellow blooms. They are just a tad longer than an inch in length. Can you ID them please? Thank you!
Signature: Tamara Sniffin
This is an Oleander Caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais, and it will eventually metamorphose into a Polka-Dot Wasp Moth. We were not familar with the Allamanda Vine, but research on the Seminole County Florida Leisure Services website indicates it is commonly called the Buttercup Flower and that it is in the Dogbane family with Oleander, indicating it most likely has milky sap.
Yes it certainly does have a milky sap. Thank you VERY much for your response. Regards, Tamara