Is It a Bee or a Moth?

This little critter was happily sipping nectar, not minding me at all as I snapped away.



It doesn’t seem like a butterfly (wings would have been folded vertically).
Not a fly either (eyes are not “goggles”}.


The orange and black stripes look like that of a bee, but many insects mimic this pattern to dupe potential predators.

Definitely not an expert, but this could also be a moth? šŸ™‚


    • Yes, it does look like it! Maybe belonging to subfamily Ctenuchinae? Thanks for the link ā€” lots of good information!
      Iā€™m not really a bug person, was just shooting the flowers with droplets when I chanced upon this critter which looked interesting. Always nice to learn something everyday!


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