Butterfly identification

Asked March 21, 2016, 1:35 PM EDT

Hi, I saw this little guy--very striking, very small, maybe 1-1.5 inches max--in Bethesda, near a streambed. I have never seen anything like it before, and searches of multiple sites and image banks have not helped. A friend suggested it might be a new invasive and to contact you. The photos are crops, so sorry they are a little fuzzy, but the colors are accurate.

Montgomery County Maryland moths insect identification butterflies

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This appears to be a grapevine epimenis, a species of wood-nymphs and foresters, uncommon to the area. An early season day-flieroften found at woodland edges where grapevines are abundant. Thanks for your photo.


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Thank you! I had wondered briefly if it might be a moth (only because of the fat fuzzy body), but focused on butterflies because of the colors--now I can go learn some more! Thanks again!