Take a look at the below photo and see if you can tell me what it is. I photographed this beautiful "bug" on a cool and damp May morning in a Connecticut yard. The temperature was a little below normal and the sun was trying to peek out when I spotted this resting along the back of a home facing some woods.
The insect is decidedly of the order Lepidoptera. Could it be a butterfly? Or perhaps is it a moth? If you can pick out which one of those it is you may have an idea as to the species. I'll give you the answer in an upcoming post.
Photo by Scott Kruitbosch © Connecticut Audubon Society and not to be reproduced without explicit CAS permission