Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1028266

Riding's Forester Moth
Alypia ridingsii

Observation date: March 08, 2015
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: High seventies, clear sky's on desert lavender. was going from flower to flower like it was getting nectar. body looked like a wasp, front legs looked like they had pollen stored on them like a bee. wings look like butterfly wings. flew a little like a moth flying into bushes down for cover around 1700 hrs or later due to time change getting near moth time fewer butterflies flying and moths coming out. Juniper scrub and cacti agave, diane found this and when we got a close look we got very excited. Have never seen a butterfly in any books so must be a moth? we saw lots of arizona powdered skippers, they all looked like moths and flew like moths hiding on under side of rocks. and flying into very thick stick patches and into tall grass. I disregarded them as moths that i had got photo's of before until i saw the topside when on fiddle necks for nectar. lots of moths and butterflies very green lush for any desert area. annuals, grasses and perennials blooming and growing like crazy. some areas got over 3/4 of an inch last sun/monday rain ground still moist. lots of butterflies and moths laying eggs! most never stopped for photo session they were very busy.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Josiah Gilbert
Verified date: March 09, 2015
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, San Diego County