Yellow-Collared Scape Moth

That Orange and Black Flying Insect

There are several very familiar insects that I encounter every year, but I have to look the names up almost every time. I have taken to writing the name on a card to stick to my cubicle wall. I learned the giant leopard moth caterpillar that way. This one may be next. It frequents flowers in the day time, but it is a moth. It is the Yellow-Collared Scape Moth, Cisseps fulvicollis. Except most often they have an orange collar. Apparently, the guy in charge of naming them was looking at a less-common yellow variety at the moment, and there you have it. Of course, few will remember the full name by the next time they see them next summer, so “That orange and black flying insect” may be the most used name. There are a couple of similar species, but I refer you to for their excellent guidance on all things insectoid. Not the best picture, but I was in a hurry, and this keeps the One Picture a Day Challenge alive. We’re at number 205 as of today! This image was taken with a Nikon D90 and old reliable Micro-Nikkor 60mm AF f/2.8. By the way, did you know it’s National Moth Week?

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