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Leave it to the oleander caterpillar to get all the good eyelashes! This oleander moth larva (syntomeida epilais) feeds on the oleander plant. I found it walking on the pavers right outside the front door of my house in Dunnellon, Florida on Thanksgiving Day.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D
Cropped in Picasa

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • JGimages
    JGimagesover 5 years ago

    Ha ha, yes – love it!

  • Thanks so much for commenting and for the fav! Weird looking creature, isn’t it?

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 5 years ago

    Oh, the funny little thing. Great title, interesting too !

  • Thanks. Had a lot of fun with this one!

    – AuntDot

  • JGimages
    JGimagesover 5 years ago

    Yes he’s great, not seen one like that before!

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 5 years ago

    Did you know that this turns into a very ugly looking wasp ! They also eat the oleander till there is nothing left. You need to get rid of them ASAP. Great photo anyway!

  • I’ve seen pictures of the moth it grows into. It is indeed ugly. The oleander is my neighbor’s, and I will reminder her to treat her plant. Thanks for the comment and for visiting.

    – AuntDot

  • MommyJen
    MommyJenabout 5 years ago

    I think he is wearing mascara! How weird looking! Great capture Mom.

  • LOL Weird and creepy! :-))

    – AuntDot

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 5 years ago

    Maybe she is using Loreal
    Great shot, nice colors

  • LOL Maybe I should try that! Thank you so much for your visit and your kind comments, and for putting me on your watchlist!

    – AuntDot

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 5 years ago

    LOL…too funny. Love the title!


  • Thanks! He’s so ugly, he’s cute!

    – AuntDot

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    A real cutie!! Good catch!

  • LOL He was kind of cute compared so some of the bugs I see here in Florida! Thanks, Gena, and thanks once again for all the faves!

    – AuntDot

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic macro, brilliant creature too . Michaela

  • Michaela, I get a kick out of you and your love for creepy crawly things! Thank you so much for commenting on this.

    – AuntDot

  • Peter Yates
    Peter Yatesabout 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Many thanks, Peter!

    – AuntDot

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