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Species Empyreuma pugione - Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#8272

Empyreuma affinis - Empyreuma pugione spotted oleander caterpillar moth - Empyreuma pugione Fort Meyers Beach, Found in the daytime in a beachfront condo dark stairwell, tucked away in a corner. 1 Moth Wasp? - Empyreuma pugione Moth - Empyreuma pugione Dark Red Wings, White Spot  - Empyreuma pugione Oleander look-alike - Empyreuma pugione Florida moth - Empyreuma pugione
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Euchromiina
Genus Empyreuma
Species pugione (Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#8272)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Empyreuma pugione (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Sphinx pugione Linnaeus, 1767
Explanation of Names
pugione (L). 'a dagger' (1)
Coastal Southern Florida / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
yr round in FL - MPG
Life Cycle
1.female with eggs 2.newly laid eggs 3.several day old eggs 4.newly hatched larva 5.older larva 6.cocoon
The spotted oleander caterpillar is a recent immigrant to the US from the Caribbean, first recorded in Florida in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, in February 1978.
See Also

The spotted oleander caterpillar (above) is considerably less common and less destructive than the oleander caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais (below)
Print References
Weller, S.J., Simmons, R.B., Carlson, A.L. 2004. Empyreuma species and species limits: evidence from morphology and molecules (Arctiidae). Journal of Lepidopterists Society. 58(1): 21-32
Internet References
Featured Creatures - University of Florida
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.