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Old 11-14-2012, 08:31 AM   #261
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I only see this moth(?) or whatsis on my eupatoriums this time of year. Seems like the wind is always blowing, so this is pretty much the best I can do. It is about 1/2 inch long, maybe... Would you know, Suunto?
It looks like a yellow-collared scape moth (Cisseps fulvicollis) - Yellow-collared Scape Moth - Hodges # 8267 - Cisseps fulvicollis - BugGuide.Net
This is a day-flying moth.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #262
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It looks like a yellow-collared scape moth (Cisseps fulvicollis) - Yellow-collared Scape Moth - Hodges # 8267 - Cisseps fulvicollis - BugGuide.Net
This is a day-flying moth.

Thanks for the ID, Suunto! I am left scratching my head over the "yellow-collared" as that color is undeniably red!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:39 AM   #263
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Thanks for the ID, Suunto! I am left scratching my head over the "yellow-collared" as that color is undeniably red!
Like many other insects, this species shows a good deal of individual variation - see Genus Cisseps - BugGuide.Net for some examples.
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Like many other insects, this species shows a good deal of individual variation - see Genus Cisseps - BugGuide.Net for some examples.
Wow, way cool, such a pretty moth! Thanks for the quick link! I've labeled the pic in my files so I'll know next time.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #265
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I only see this moth(?) or whatsis on my eupatoriums this time of year. Seems like the wind is always blowing, so this is pretty much the best I can do. It is about 1/2 inch long, maybe... Would you know, Suunto?
Show Off Your Bug Photos here - 2012!-dsc03556-crop.jpg

I had to post my photo after seeing your scape moth.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #266
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I had to post my photo after seeing your scape moth.
Very nice. The only other species likely to be confused with it is the Virginia ctenucha, Ctenucha virginica. That species has iridescent blue scales on its thorax (see bright daytime feeding moth - Ctenucha virginica - BugGuide.Net) whereas the collar moth has much duller scales there. Unfortunately, this difference may not be discernible in badly rubbed specimens.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #267
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I had to post my photo after seeing your scape moth.

Oooo, loverly, Dap! Much better than my blurry shot! Those little guys really do seem to like the mist flowers, don't they?
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...Widespread in North America, including southeastern US, where Virginia Ctenucha is absent. - I guess I would have expected something named "Virginia" to be present in the southeastern US, just like I would have expected something named "yellow-collared" to have a description other than collar orange, occasionally yellow.

Who names these things, anyway????

I would have confused this moth for a beetle. It looks a lot like a leather-wing, or a web wing beetle. It doesn't look particularly moth like, which goes along with it being a Batesian mimic, though I don't see the wasp mimicry.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:31 AM   #269
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Some taxonomists have an odd sense of humor... :-)
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I figured I would post some late season photos here, since we are enjoying balmy spring weather here - 75 degrees today! The poor critters have got to be confused about the season.

My climbing asters were buzzing with honey bees, bumblebees, a few sweat bees, and a lone American Lady.
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