Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Patriotic Bug
Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 4:22 PM
Hi! I saw this patriotic looking bug on a Dessert Rose plant in my backyard in South Florida yesterday (June 2009). I was wondering if you could tell me what it is. I t was a beautiful blue hue with white polka dots and a red tip behind. He was about 2 1/2 inches long and was hanging out on the plant and flowers. Also the tips of its legs and antenee were white. We thought it might be a wasp of some sort or maybe a moth. Thanks
South Florida

Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Hi Heather,
Your patriotic bug is an aptly named Polka Dot Wasp Moth, Syntomeida epilais. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of Oleander. Since we are going away on holiday, we are taking advantage of a feature on our site allowing us to post live at a future date. We are setting your photo to post to the site at noon on Friday.

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