Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1282676

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth
Empyreuma pugione

Observation date: December 30, 2020
Submitted by: tirvine2020
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Found feeding on Allamanda cathartica. This was particularly interesting because multiple individuals were feeding on two separate Allamanda vines and none were found on their only known host of Nerium oleander, which is planted right next to one of the vines. Caterpillars fed on the undersides of the leaves and ate blotches from the centers of the leaves. They ate only through to the upper epidermis, leaving a clear film in the center of the leaf. One was found entirely eating a few new leaves.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: December 30, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida, Monroe County