Polka-dotted Wasp Moth by May Lattanzio
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Bayou George, FL. My yard.

This magnificent creature is harmless, even though the colors say “Stay Away”.
Its host plant is the oleander, and is also called the Oleander Moth.

In the last few years, I’ve not seen any.

They love nectaring in goldenrod and if you are fortunate, the colors are nothing but thrilling, but Bidens alba (Spanish Needles), the plant it is shown on, is a favorite as well.

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Comments

  • tilly
    tillyover 5 years ago

    Such clarity, well done.

  • Gino Pavan
    Gino Pavanover 5 years ago

    Holy @$#%! Awesome!

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 3 years ago

    So I assume “mother Nature” has designed this moth to mimick a wasp? Great shot!

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 3 years ago

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 3 years ago

    The first time I saw them I was really worried. Didn’t want to get stung. They are black in the shade but very iridescent.

    They LOVE goldenrod. Seem to be attracted to yellow and gold. Thank you all.

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations:

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 3 years ago

    CONGRATS on your Feature in FLORIDA THE SUNSHINE STATE!!! Awesome Image… honored to be among you. :))))

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Florida the Sunshine State group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for my feature!

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