Is this a type of humming bird moth?
July 17, 2009
Hello – I found this moth along a large creek that runs through our property. He seemed to be eating the nectar from this flowering plant. His color was so unique it caught my attention as I had never seen one like him before. He had a brilliant blue coloring on his under belly and you can see a little of that on his backside as well. The neon blue along with that neon orange made him really stand out.
Your moth is one of the Tiger Moths in the tribe Ctenuchini, the Ctenuchids. Your moth is in the process of a taxonomic reevaluation, and it is currently being called Ctenucha rubroscapus/multifaria species complex according to BugGuide. It is not a Hummingbird Moth, but rather a diurnal Arctiid.