The Q&A Archives: Oleander Caterpillers

Question: I see people asking you how to get rid of oleander caterpillers. However, I'm a beginner "butterfly
gardener" and will happily sacrifice some leaves if
that's the only problem they cause. What kind of
butterflies do they turn into?

Answer: Caterpillars can be the larvae of butterflies or moths. Without seeing the caterpillar on your oleander, it's difficult to say which is living there! Here's a website address with pictures and descriptions of both the common moth and the common butterfly. Hope this helps you decide whether your plants are host to orange butterflies or a moth.

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