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Moth on Hybiscus bud
April 9, 2010
Hi Daniel,
Here is a picture of a moth on my hybiscus. It appears to use the small tips on the end of it’s wings to to touch the flower bud. I think it was eating the afids.
Any idea what kind of moth it is?
Mike Healy
central Florida

Gray Hairstreak

Hi Mike,
This is not a moth, but a butterfly, more specifically, a Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus which may be viewed on BugGuide.  Your Gray Hairstreak is not feeding on Aphids.  All butterflies and moths that feed subsist on a strictly liquid diet, with most species taking nectar, though some feed on fermented fruit, sap and occasionally carrion and other unusual fare.

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