Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth (Empyreuma pugione)
The spotted oleander caterpillar moth is a member of the family of Erebidae moths found in the West Indies.
Description and Identification
The caterpillar is light orange and covered in setae. There are several rows of silver spots along its back.
It is dark reddish-brown and 16mm long. The cocoon is made up of larval hair and silk threads.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The males have longer antennae.
Color and Appearance
Forewings: When the wings are open, they are light chocolate brown with a thin border of deeper brown. When the wings are closed, they are similarly brown.
Hindwings: When the wings are open, a carmine-red color is observed, covered with a fringe border of brown. When the wings are closed, the colors remain.
Average wingspan: 43–48 mm
Flight pattern: Diurnal
They start pearly-white becoming yellow as they come closer to hatching. Spherical in shape, these eggs are 1mm in diameter.
|Distribution||Native: The West Indies Invasive: United States, especially Florida|
|Lifespan of Adults||5 days|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus first described this species in 1767.