Subject: Black blue orange nectar eater
Geographic location of the bug: Laguna Beach California
Time: 05:39 PM EDT
Hello and thanks for wonderful website. Can you help me identify this, slightly bigger than an inch long, insect which I have never ever seen in Laguna, been here 50 years, and seeing many of these this week. Very fast moving, daytime flier. Best regards!
How you want your letter signed: Tanya
Thanks for your kind words. This is a diurnal Tiger Moth, Ctenucha multifaria, and we identified it thanks to this BugGuide descriptions: “Distal tip and entire costal edge of forewing narrowly white-marginned. Patagia** entirely black.” Diurnal Tiger Moths in the genus Ctenucha are very effective wasp mimics.