Subject: Please Identify
Geographic location of the bug: Western Oregon, Outside Eugene
Time: 11:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this beauty while visiting a local lake in 2017. It didn’t attempt to fly away the entire time we were there, and seemed unfazed when I stuck a phone camera several inches from its face. I was afraid it was dead, but it was still moving a bit. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed: Dan
This is one of the Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, a group that includes many members that mimic stinging wasps and bees for protection. Your individual is an American Hornet Moth, Sesia tibiale, which we identified on BugGuide, and according to BugGuide: “In flight they closely resemble wasps, even producing the droning sound.”