White Oleander Caterpillar Moth (Epyreuma affinis)

This species was apparently accidentally introduced, and first appearing in the early 1980s. The caterpillars were found to be extremely common on the oleander plant, which is often used as an ornamental shrubbery in gardens and on roadsides, but also appears naturally in many areas of the island. The adults tend to be fast flyers and difficult to photograph in their natural state. A recent population explosion on the island prompted a much-misinformed newspaper article implicating The Butterfly Farm in the introduction of the species, which was quite ridiculous because the species predates The Butterfly Farm on the island, and because, with one exception, The Butterfly Farm does not raise moths.

Adult

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Caterpillar

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