While doing the annual Cleveland County Audubon Butterfly Count, I came across the beautifully colored moth. It took me a while to track down it’s identity, because the photo, taken with my iPhone, was less than perfect, and this species wasn’t in my field guide. Starting with the assumption that the moth was named after the host plant it so magnificently mimicked, Gaillardia, got me to the right genus. Then it was a matter of looking at the distribution and photograph of each Schinia species to figure out which one I had.  This specimen is the Painted Schinia Moth (Schinia volupia).


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