Many of the caterpillars of this type of moth can do substantial damage to orchard trees because they bore into the wood, damaging the tree. Adult Wasp Moths feed on pollen and nectar from flowers.
Details of the:
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Wasp Moth
Scientific Name: Melittia sp.
Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 45mm (0.51in to 1.77in)
Identifying Colors: red; black; yellow
Additional Descriptors: flying, striped
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.