This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Cape Coral, Florida Clearwater, Florida Deland, Florida (3 reports) Dunnellon, Florida Edgewater, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports) Haines City, Florida Hollywood, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kissimmee, Florida Lady Lake, Florida Orlando, Florida Oviedo, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Panama City, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Sebring, Florida Tampa, Florida (2 reports) Wauchula, Florida Zolfo Springs, Florida Kingsland, Georgia Savannah, Georgia Tybee Island, Georgia Bluffton, South Carolina (2 reports) Charleston, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina (2 reports)
On Aug 28, 2006, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I like having this moth in my yard, but it does defoliate my Oleander bush several times a year. I planted the Oleander specifically to attract the moth.
This can be a very friendly moth, probably due to it's aposematic coloration (warning, don't eat me 'cause I taste bad and may kill you) It's a slow flying moth that I have had on two occasions land on my fingers.
The spines on it's caterpillar are like small paintbrushes with many hairs per spine.
On Sep 11, 2009, phalvorson from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Moth itself does not defoliate oleander, but the caterpillar does. Caterpillar is orange with black tufts of spiny hair sticking out, and it devours oleander leaves. Moth itself, at least in my yard, is all over my white butterfly bush. Moth displays wasp-like characteristics (flying pattern and sometimes behaving territorial) but is harmless. Flies during daytime. Very common in the southeast. Female sends out a sonic mating call to attract male mates. Very pretty -- moth colors are quite patriotic!