Subject: Wasp-like bug in the Rockies
Geographic location of the bug: British Colombia, Canada – in the mountains
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this wasp-like bug at Panorama, BC. Its tiny head and almost moth-like antenna made me stop and look again. I wish I knew what it was. It did not move while I studied it, but I also did not want to disturb it as I don’t know if that’s a real stinger or if its a copy-cat! I saw it the second week of August.
How you want your letter signed: Nicole
Your observations are quite astute. Though it resembles a wasp, the American Hornet Moth, Sesia tibiale, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a member of the Clearwing Moth family Sesiidae, a group that contains many members that mimic stinging insects. According to BugGuide: “In flight they closely resemble wasps, even producing the droning sound. ” The species is also known as the Poplar Clearwing Borer or the Cottonwood Crown Borer.