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Observation notes: On a clear, hot morning, this very large colorful moth was flying low in coastal sage scrub at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station. The wings looked like a red blur, and, although not visible in the photo, the abdomen appeared to have black and white bands. The moth seemed attracted to and mostly landed on Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) that had been covered with Marah macrocarpa (Man-Root or Wild Cucumber – some of the tendrils are visible). If my ID is correct, the moth was likely interested in the Marah - one of the common names is Manroot Borer.