Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1237764

Observation date: October 16, 2019
Submitted by: kbrisco
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This unidentified moth was noticed resting alone on my front porch October 16, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m. The weather on October 16, 2019 was cooling and dry. This small orange-winged moth displayed two curious behaviors. Firstly, this small moth did not appear as flighty as other moths who have frequented my front porch in the past. That is, it did not flutter about the porch light but instead set itself about 15 inches from the porch light and did not move from that position even after being touched lightly by me. Secondly, this small orange-winged was alone. Not a single other moth or insect were visiting my porch at the same time. However, the next evening when the small orange winged returned, I happened to have noticed earlier in the evening of the 17th that an orange-flowering near my porch light had hundreds of dust-particle-sized moths fluttering about its blooms. It occurred that my lone, orange-winged moth might have helped her eggs to the orange blooms in a nearby flowerbed and that was why she was alone (very few fluttery like the orange variety in the flowerbed adjacent to the porch light) -- and, that's why this variety is orange too. I am sharing this observation note and accompanying sighting image to BAMONA because I would like to know the name of this small, orange-winged species, but also because this year's moth population seems down from last. I might attribute new flood lights in the neighborhood to that fall in moths on my own front porch. Or not.
Status: Resident
Verified by: kellyrichers
Verified date: December 21, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Arizona, Yavapai County