Another name that bug post - Blue, White Spots and Orange

soupaman(9a)September 15, 2011

Since I live in Gator Country this guy has got his color scheme all right (though the blue is a little dark) -- what is it?

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ritaweeda

Looks like the oleander moth - lays the eggs, caterpillars hatch out and completely denude the oleander bush of it's leaves. They also love desert roses.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 5:29PM
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soupaman(9a)

Well that explains my devoured oleander -- up until this year I'd managed to keep the cats under control -- usually I only have to treat the oleanders once and they're good this year I did my once but before I could blink those little orange pests were back and my 5 year old tree looks dead --- think I might just cut it down this time -- its too close to the house anyway

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 6:40PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

What do you treat with? BT works well and doesn't harm beneficial insects. But you will need to spray it more than once.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 8:26PM
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gatormomx2(9a)

This link clarifies this beautiful pest.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oleander caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais Walker

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 6:58AM
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