Spotted Oleander Caterpillar from Dominican Republic

Subject: Magnificent looking exotic lava
Location: Plaza Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican republic
March 23, 2016 10:09 am
Hey! We went past this beautiful creature on our way to our hotel, and since its so beautiful we wanted to know what it evolves to some day. I hope you have the time, thank you!
Signature: Victor

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar
Spotted Oleander Caterpillar

Dear Victor,
This little beauty is a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar,
Empyreuma pugione, a species recently introduced to south Florida that we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “The spotted oleander caterpillar is a recent immigrant to the US from the Caribbean, first recorded in Florida in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, in February 1978.”  The adult Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth is an effective wasp mimic.

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