Polka-dotted Wasp Moth

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One of the most beautiful insects I know. This particular season, my goldenrod was heavy with this species. They are day flying moths - completely harmess, though they mimic a wasp, hence the name.

They are brilliant iridescent in the sun and the red on its back end is bright as a spotlight.

They get used to you soon. I don't know the range - they are here in nw FL.


Poca Dotted Wasp Moth

Guest - Jun 15, 2013 07:25 PM EDT
I live in Zephyrhills, FL and I get a few on my Spanish Needle flowers. I have added them to the many lovely insects I get here and look forward to seeing them all each summer!
Guest - Jun 22, 2006 08:42 PM EDT
Found one at Ft. Morgan summer before last...and, yes, its a spectacular animal! Think it may also be called Oleander moth.
Guest - Apr 19, 2006 11:42 AM EDT
May, this is a beautiful moth and a well-composed photo. I never saw any in the Ocala or Ft Myers areas while I was there. Thank you for sharing.

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