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    Wasp Moth - (Melittia sp.)

    Wasp Moths mimic a stinging insect that most predators would rather avoid.

    Picture of Wasp Moth
    Staff Writer (2/10/2014): 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.

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    Wasp Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Wasp Moth
    Scientific Name: Melittia sp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sesiidae
           Genus: Melittia
            Species: 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.

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