Subject: Fly, Moth…??
Location: Lone Tree, Iowa
July 19, 2015 9:30 pm
Hi~ I took this pic in July in Lone Tree, Iowa (Louisa County). He was on a Milkweed flower in my field.
Your milkweed is being pollinated by a Yellow Collared Scape Moth, Cisseps fulvicollis, which we verified with this image on BugGuide. Just as you observed, according to BugGuide, they are commonly found in: “Fields with flowers. Adults commonly seen visiting flowers during the day; adults also fly at night, and are attracted to light.”
Thank you So much!!! I searched til my eyes were bleary…I didn’t know what category to look in~~he didn’t look like a ‘moth’ to me! Thanks again!!!
The Yellow Collared Scape Moth and many of its close relatives, including the Polka Dot Wasp Moth and the Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth, are very effective wasp mimics that derive a degree of protection by resembling stinging insects.