Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1315126

Corn Earworm Moth
Helicoverpa zea

Observation date: October 21, 2021
Submitted by: Chet Gottfried
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: First, I regret that the late-season moth might be too faded for any ID, but it was very attractive. It spent about a half-hour flying among butterfly bush blossoms and nectaring like a butterfly. Particularly striking about it was its very rapid wingbeat. It had good flight control too, and periods of bright sunlight didn't affect it.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: October 22, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Pennsylvania, Centre County