Oleander Moth, Polka Dot Moth; Syntomeida epilais

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Oleander Moth - Polka-Dot Moth
Syntomeida epilais
Oleander Moth, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth
Oleander Moth eggs, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth eggs
Oleander Moth caterpillars, Syntomeida epilais, Polka dot Moth caterpillars
Adult Oleander Moth
or Polka-Dot Moth
Eggs on Oleander
Small caterpillars
Oleander Moth larva, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth larva
Oleander Moth caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth caterpillar
Gulf Fritillary caterpillar
Orange caterpillars with
long black hair tufts
Polka-Dot Moth caterpillars
resemble Gulf Fritillary caterpillars
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars
have short bristley spines,
not long soft hairs.
Oleander Moth caterpillars often notch leaves
Oleander Moth, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth
Oleander Moth, Syntomeida epilais, Polka-dot Moth
Notched Oleander leaves
Adult Polka Dot Moth
Adult Oleander Moth
Like Monarch caterpillars, Oleander Moth caterpillars (larvae) often notch the leaves of milkweed before eating these leaves.

Monarch and Queen caterpillars 'dance' to loud music or noises. They jerk their heads with each beat. Oleander Moth caterpillars do the same; they jerk their heads to loud noises.

Yellow milkweed aphids are known for massing on milkweed. These aphids also congregrate on Oleander plants.