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Black-winged Dahana

Dahana atripennis

Description:

Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Arctiinae > Tribe: Arctiini. This cute and colorful diurnal moth is fairly common in Summer and as you might guess, the iridescent blue and orange are meant to warn that the critter is toxic to eat. The larva hosts on Spanish Moss, something north-central Florida has an overabundance of, leaving me to wander why we don't have even more of these guys.

Notes:

Nectaring on a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

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Ryan Fezz
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Ryan Fezz

Gainesville, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2013
Submitted on Aug 3, 2013

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