Subject:  I don’t believe google
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa Ontario Canada
Date: 07/17/2021
Time: 10:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman,
a friend and fellow nature enthusiast suggested i try your platform in my continuous search for both identification and information on the critters i encounter.
It is mid summer in eastern ontario and i met this flying fashionista in my admittedly overgrown front garden hanging out on some not yet flowering sunflower variety.
My reserve image google searches suggested it is a clear wing moth but i’m not convinced…
Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Ivy

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Ivy,
This is a Clear Wing Moth in the family Sesiidae, a group also called Wasp Moths because many, including your female Peach Tree Borer, are excellent Wasp Mimics.  The sexually dimorphic male Peach Tree Borer looks like a different species as is evident in this image from our archives of a mating pair of Peach Tree Borers.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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