Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Subject:  Is this bug some sort of wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa, Florida
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 06:09 PM EDT
Hello Bugman,
I spotted this very pretty and colorful little bug this afternoon.  She was only interested in my Marigolds.  Is she some sort of wasp?
Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Michele Mistretta

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Michele,
Though it resembles a Wasp, this is actually a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.  We have written in the past of how the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth resembles a Tarantula Hawk, a large Spider Wasp that preys upon Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders, but there are no reported Tarantula Hawks with black bodies and red wings found in Florida.

Holy moly!  I never would have guessed!  Such a pretty bug!
As always, thanks so much!
Michele Mistretta
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