Wasp Moth (Melittia sp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Wasp Moth.
Updated: 2/10/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Wasp Moths mimic a stinging insect that most predators would rather avoid.
This moth mimics the coloring of a wasp as a measure of protection. Predators are less likely to attack if they believe they could be hurt by repetitive stinging in the process. This type of Wasp Moth belongs to the Clearwing Moth family. At least part of both forewings look transparent like the wings of a true wasp.
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.