Holly Borer Moth (Synanthedon kathyae)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Holly Borer Moth.
Updated: 6/18/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Holly Borer Moth strikes a keen resemblance to a wasp, but the hairy moth is more dangerous to plants than people.
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.