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The Wasp Moth

Here is an interesting creäture. At first glance it looks like a large, dangerous wasp. It is not. It is an oleander moth, also called the polka-dot wasp moth. Resembling a wasp is a survival mechanism. Birds seeking insects to eat will avoid the it like the plague. While most moths are active at night this species is active by day when it travels from blossom to blossom sucking nectar from each flower’s nectary.

This moth is known as a Caribbean insect, but is found as far north as Florida. It can be a bit of a pest devastating oleander trees. There are other species of moths that mimic wasps throughout the world.

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