Geographic location of the bug: Silver City, NM
Time: 08:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: There were hundreds of these butterflies on this one type of bush. I tried to get close to them to get a good photo but they would all fly off. I caught one but didn’t want to kill it to get a good picture so I apologize for the poor photos. The spots on the wings are yellow. They are small, like skippers. I did look through the photos on your website but couldn’t find it.
How you want your letter signed: Karen Nakakihara
Butterflies are generally thought of as diurnal and moths as nocturnal, but this is actually a diurnal Moth that flies during the day. We have identified it as Litocala sexsignata thanks to Butterflies and Moths of North America where it states: “Adults are diurnal. They may be seen nectaring at flowers or sipping moisture in muddy spots.” According to BugGuide: “common to abundant in some areas; uncommon in others.” This species has no common name.