10.21.2012

Syntomeida epilais AKA Polka Dot Wasp Moth



Its caterpillar is orange with long black spiky hairs.  Caterpillars don't cause dermatitis or bite.  They eat a lot but they've never done any long term damage to our oleanders, which are its host plant.  

The wasp does not sting. 

Quick side note: if you'd like to see these beauties in your garden planting an oleander is the best way; however, do not ever, ever plant it close to your home, should they happen to catch on fire they are extremely toxic.   Lastly, all parts of the plant are poisonous to cats & dogs.  In my experience though, our cats have never been attracted to it.

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