mystery lepidopteran (?)
I had two of these chasing each other in my backyard in broad daylight. Took photos that show the huge round white spots on black wings, the cream colored “neck-warmer” area, and the extraordinary orange that fringes the upper parts of at least some of the legs. Have gone through butterfly books repeatedly, and can’t find anything remotely similar. So is it a moth, and if so, what kind? Many, many thanks for your attention and help,
The Audubon Guide identifies your moth as an Eight Spotted Forrester, Alypia octomaculata. This diurnal Owlet Moth is often confused for a butterfly.