Pyrausta tyralis  
Little red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth perched on a blade of grass
Little red moths with yellow stripes dot the wildflowers at the waters edge. When I take another step, a few more scatter away from me and vanish beneath the shrubbery. This one chose a blade of grass to hide behind, and I was able to sneak up on it. It's easiest to get close to them when they're distracted with a meal, like the one on this yellow Wedelia flower.
Little red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth hiding behind a flower stem
Green eyed Pyrausta tyralis moth feeding on a Sphagneticola trilobata flower
Little red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth perched on a yellow Wedelia petal
They enjoy other little flowers; I've also found them sipping from Phyla Nodiflora and Purple Mistflower.
Little red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth sipping from a Phyla Nodiflora flower
I see pale Pyrausta tyralis moths occasionally.
Pale Pyrausta tyralis moth sipping from a Phyla Nodiflora flower
These moths aren't alone in the wilds of our back yards and parks; other little bugs share the habitat with them. This ant and fly didn't interact with the little red and yellow moths while I watched, but these next bugs sure did! I wasn't the only creature sneaking up while the moths were distracted by their meal.
Pyrausta tyralis moth perched on a blade of grass beneath a fly
Pyrausta tyralis moth perched under a Purple Mistflower, and an ant crawling up the stem
Here's a lucky moth - a bit to the left on that landing and those two Ambush Bugs under the flower might have eaten it. I've found other moths that weren't lucky.
Two ambush bugs and a Pyrausta tyralis moth on Purple Mistflower, Ageratum
Flower spider eating a Pyrausta tyralis moth under Phyla Nodiflora
Flower spider holding a Pyrausta tyralis moth upside-down so I can photograph its belly and the under side of its wings - how's that for a trained spider?
Flower spiders pose another danger, and they have an appetite for these little moths.
Green flower spider eating a Pyrausta tyralis moth
The spider kept scooting away from me, so I plucked the Phyla Nodiflora to get pictures. It's a tiny flower, and so are these bugs that frequent it. See how all three fit on my fingertip:
Crab flowe rspider eating a Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Curled up leaves are a clue that some little creature has curled them. This cluster of stuck together leaves is home to another spider:
This is a crummy picture, but it shows the yellow dash on the back wings that's usually hidden when these moths land, so here it is anyway.
Yellow dash on the back wings of a Pyrausta tyralis moth
Spider eating a Pyrausta tyralis moth
Spider eating a Pyrausta tyralis moth
Pale Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Wedelia flower
This bee paused on a Wedelia, and one of these moths was hiding beneath it. I wouldn't mention it, but I stuck the camera into the grass for a side shot.
A bee and a Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Wedelia flower
 I'm sorry now that I didn't peek personally; I'd have taken more pictures. Is the suicidal moth actually standing on the spider?
Suicidal Pyrausta tyralis moth perched above a spider
Pyrausta tyralis moth perched on Purple Mistflower
Green eyed Pyrausta tyralis moth
These moths also frequent Spanish Needles flowers - it just took me a while to find the picture. These flowers are more difficult because they are taller, so they sway in the slightest breeze and make my pictures fuzzy.
Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Spanish Needles flower
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