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Oleander Caterpillar Damage in Home Landscapes

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Published on Sep 8, 2016

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Oleander has been a favorite long-flowering, shrub species in Florida for decades, especially along the coasts. Flowers vary from red, white, pink and yellow. However, this key plant (as well as desert rose, Adenium obesum) need to be monitored so that they are not mowed down by 2 voracious, key pests, the oleander caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais and its cousin, the spotted oleander caterpillar, Empyreuma pugione. They have repeating and overlapping generations with peaks in March, December and July This video shows the different stages of these beautiful, day-flying moths and what to do to minimize damage by their rampaging youngsters.

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