Date notes: I photographed this butterfly or moth in our front yard gathering nectar from marigolds. It was around 3:30 in the afternoon here in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Submitted by: Sue D. L. Smith
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: The day was overcast and fall-like. There weren't many flowers left from which to obtain nectar in our yard, but this little gem was checking out the marigolds in our front bed. Since it was during the day, I assumed it was a butterfly; but I am beginning to think it is a moth that is active by day, like the 8-Spotted Forester Moth I photographed in our yard and submitted to Bamona earlier this year. I do not see any clubbing on this particular creature's antennae, such as would be found on a butterfly's antennae. It was quite the busy little "bee," going from flower to flower close to the ground. The flowers had fallen over due to prior cold weather conditions and rain, but were still viable as a food source it appeared.