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Old 01-15-2014, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I have an oleander shrub and noticed an orange caterpillar on the plant, how can this be controlled and does it sting, i don't mind a few if it does not sting since they do make butterflies.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach
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Do a Google search for "oleander caterpillar" and you will find lots of info. Apparently the caterpillars are poisonous if you eat them but no mention was made of stinging. Here is one page I found about the subject:

Oleander caterpillars dangerous? - Yahoo Answers

We have an oleander bush (more of a tree, by now) and I have not seen any of these caterpillars on it yet, but thanks to your post I will be on the lookout for them. And somehow refrain from eating them, LOL ! It does sound like they can do quite a bit of damage to the plant if there are a lot of them.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Thanks for the post. Two neighbors swear they sting but my reading on the net from the University of Florida indicate that they do not. For sure they are scary looking, yellow/orange with long straight black spikes. I put a bush in the wrong place as a foundation plant next to the house. It is doing well but know that it will out grow the area. I had several in New Orleans and they not only have great color but many of the darker colored ones have an almond scent.
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