|Harrisina americana (Grapeleaf Skeletonizer) on common milkweed|
Another family of moths with a number of species that visit flowers is Zygaenidae. Many of them are day flying moths and, as usual, they are more colorful than night flying ones. Some are known to pollinate orchids. Their larvae feed on foliage, eating everything but the veins of leaves, so one common name for them is leaf-skeletonizers.
|Acoloithus falsarius (Clemens' False Skeletonizer)|
|Cisseps fulvicollis (Yellow-collared Scape Moth). An unrelated moth member of the guild|
|Asclera ruficollis (Red-necked False Blister Beetle). A bettle member of the same mimicry guild|
Another Zygaenidae that frequents flowers is the orange-patched smoky moth. Its wings are dark gray or black near the farther tip; the front half is orange. They too are members of another group of moths and also beetles with a pattern that warns predators. You can see some in a previous post: the black and yellow lichen moth and the end band net-wing lycid beetle.
|Pyromorpha dimidiata (Orange-patched Smoky Moth)|
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