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MJTDESIGNS
Saint Petersburg, FL

June 17, 2006
1:15 AM

Post #2399092

I FOUND THIS LITTLE CREATURE ON THESE DAISIES...HE WAS THERE FOR ABOUT 1/2 HOUR, DRINKING SOMETHING WITH HIS PROBISCUS OR WHATEVER THEY DRINK WITH???...I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE LIKE THIS BEFORE...ANYONE?

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2006
1:37 AM

Post #2399183

could it be this? http://images.google.com/images?q=Empyreuma affinis&hl=en&btnG=Search Images
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2006
5:11 AM

Post #2399739

Empyreuma affinis looks right to me too. Do you have any oleanders close by?? It is what the host plant is for it
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 17, 2006
5:14 AM

Post #2399746

trackinsand --
How did you "just happen" to know Empyreuma affinis (Possibly known as the Tiger Moth? what the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar becomes...)?

I'm impressed!
~'spin!~

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2006
12:07 PM

Post #2400109

i didn't know it exactly. i knew it looked very similar to the "uncle sam moth" which is the oleander caterpillar that i see in florida, so i just did a little searching. here is a link to that one. the one above doesn't have polka-dots. http://images.google.com/images?q=syntomeida epilais &hl=en&btnG=Search Images
MJTDESIGNS
Saint Petersburg, FL

June 17, 2006
7:54 PM

Post #2401448

THANKS! WE USED TO HAVE OLEANDERS, BUT RIPPED THEM OUT BECAUSE OF AN INFESTATION WITH THE SPOTTED BUG...THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN THAT ORANGE ONE...

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2006
9:56 PM

Post #2401800

you're very welcome. they are a part of florida and you will see them from time to time on many different plants.

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