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  • Holly Borer Moth - (Synanthedon kathyae)

    Holly Borer Moth - (Synanthedon kathyae)

    The Holly Borer Moth strikes a keen resemblance to a wasp, but the hairy moth is more dangerous to plants than people.

    Picture of Holly Borer Moth
    Staff Writer (6/18/2015): The transparent wings of the Holly Borer Moth, coupled with the bold black and yellow body patterns, make it look like a stinging wasp. This mimicry helps them avoid predators like birds and small animals. They have hairy bodies and legs. The wings are narrow and clear, with some veins that add to an observer's confusion.

    The larvae of this species bore into holly trees, damaging the plant. Once they pupate and become adults, they can be found on a variety of flowers in parks, gardens and meadows during the summer months.

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    Holly Borer Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Holly Borer Moth
    Scientific Name: Synanthedon kathyae

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sesiidae
           Genus: Synanthedon
            Species: kathyae

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 24mm (0.79in to 0.94in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: flying, wasp, hornet

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia

    * 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.

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