Subject: Mystery Moth in Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida
November 1, 2012 7:51 pm
I saw this beautiful moth this morning in Paynes Prairie State Preserve in Gainesville, Florida. It was small, maybe about 1” long. I’ve never seen one like this before, and hope someone can help me ID it.
We really didn’t know where to begin searching for the identity of this lovely little moth, so we did an image search for “spotted moth Florida” and one of the images that came up is this FlickR posting of a Red-Waisted Florella Moth, Syngamia florella, also called an Orange Spotted Flower Moth. We verified that identification on BugGuide where it states “The diurnal moth is also attracted to lights.”
Thank you for your prompt reply and your good searching skills!