I live in Mobile, AL near the bay. I found this beautiful creature tasting the nector of one of my native lantana’s. What is he? Thanks!
This is a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth, Cosmosoma myrodora. Wasps sting and moths do not, so many moths have adapted protective coloration, appearance and habits of wasps, and by mimicing them, are afforded some protection in the “eat or be eaten” world they inhabit.