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Subject: Is it a moth???
Location: Texas Pahnandle
September 9, 2016 1:05 pm
My son took a picture of this moth?? On the Canadian River Bottom on Stinnett, Tx..
Can you please tell me what it is?!
Signature: Trinity

Glorious Squash Vine Borer

Glorious Squash Vine Borer

Dear Trinity,
We are confident that we have identified this wasp-mimic Moth in the family Sesiidae as a Glorious Squash Vine Borer,
Melittia gloriosa, thanks to images on the Moth Photographers Group, and we verified that identification on BugGuide where we learned:  “Larvae bore in the large tubers of various cucurbitaceous plants” and that it is also called the Manroot Borer. We hadn’t given the Manroot much thought regarding its family, but on Las Pilitas Nursery site, we learned the Manroot or Wild Cucumber is a member of the family Cucurbitaceae and we suspect that your Glorious Squash Vine Borer may have gotten its common name of Manroot Borer because it feeds on the Manroot.   This BugGuide image is an especially good visual match to your image.

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Subject: Is this a wasp or a fly?
Location: Orem, Utah
August 13, 2016 10:47 pm
I think you identified this one but I’m not sure.
Signature: Georgia Peach

Female Peach Tree Borer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Georgia Peach,
This is neither a wasp nor a fly, but it is a very successful wasp-mimic moth, and it is your namesake.  This is a female Peach Tree Borer,
Synanthedon exitiosa, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism, which should be very evident upon viewing this excellent image of a mating pair of Peach Tree Borers from our archive.  The male and female look like they are completely different species.

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Subject: Help ID this bug
Location: Imperial, Pennsylvania
July 31, 2016 6:36 am
I found this bug sitting on a zucchini leaf in my garden, in late July. I’ve been asking around and looking online and cannot find anything similar. I would really appreciate any help you could provide in identifying this bug!
Signature: Page

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Page,
This Squash Vine Borer is a moth that mimics a wasp, and a species whose larvae bore in the stems of squash and related plants, including zucchini.  The boring activity of the larvae will limit the production of the plant, possibly even causing the plant to wither an die.

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Subject: Clearwing Moth + Hover Fly
Location: Central MT mountains
July 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Took this photo today in the Highwood Mountains east of Great Falls, MT at Showdown Ski Area.
It is similar to the Rhododendron borer, but there aren’t any rhododendrons in this area.
Also, 2nd picture is of a mimic, hover fly, but that is all I know. Can you identify?
Signature: Renee

Clearwing Moth: Carmenta giliae

Clearwing Moth: Carmenta giliae

Dear Renee,
We are relatively confident we have identified your Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae as
Carmenta giliae based on images posted to the Moth Photographers Group.  We double checked that with BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Mid to high elevation montane meadows” and “Larvae bore in the roots of wild geranium (Geranium, Geraniaceae). Adults take nectar from a variety of flowers.”  We will attempt to identify your Hover Fly in a distinct posting.

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Subject: Black and orange flying bug
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11226
July 20, 2016 9:54 am
Hi Bugman,
There is a kind of flying bug around our yard in Brooklyn that appears regularly, freaking out our little 6 year old and his friends because they think it is a wasp. From the photo I took I see it is not a wasp but a black fly I think with an orange band around it’s thorax. I would like to know what it is and if it might bother the kids. 😊 Thanks!
Signature: Curiously yours, Kathleen Boyer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Kathleen,
You and your son are both wrong.  This is a female Peach Tree Borer,
Synanthedon exitiosa, a species of moth that exhibits pronounced sexual dimorphism, though both male and female Peach Tree Borers are wasp mimics which probably affords them significant protection from predators.  Since they are moths, Peach Tree Borers are harmless and pose no threat to your kids, but they might be compromising the health of your peach trees. 

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Subject: Wasp like moth
Location: Plano Tx, north of Dallas
July 17, 2016 12:40 pm
I’m sure this is a moth, but wondering what kind. I found it motionless in some ivy treebine.
Signature: Steve

Clearwing Moth: Vitacea admiranda

Clearwing Moth: Vitacea admiranda

Dear Steve,
Your suspicions that this is a moth are correct.  It is one of the wasp-mimic Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
Vitacea admiranda thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Adult – resembles Polistes paper wasps” and “Larval hosts are likely grapes (Vitaceae). Knudson & Bordelon observed the adults in association with mustang grape (Vitis mustangensis).”  BugGuide also indicates:  “This species was practically unknown before synthetic pheromones, only three specimens in major collections for the first 100 years. It is now known throughout Texas, and is exquisitely sensitive to pheromone residues on skin or clothing.”  We verified that identification on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Fauna Project.

Thank you Daniel, this is great information, I really do appreciate it.

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