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Subject: odd bug
Location: NE Los Angeles County, California (Tujunga, CA 91042)
July 14, 2017 5:21 pm
It flies, it is the size of a large carpenter bee. I has a beetle like head ans wings that are orange, white and black that appear to attach at the back legs. His coloration is much like a monarch caterpillar on his body.
Signature: Pauline Penn

Glorious Squash Vine Borer

Dear Pauline,
This is one of the wasp-mimicking moths in the family Sesiidae, and we were lucky to locate the Sesiidae of Los Angeles County page on iNaturalist.  We believe this is a Glorious Squash Vine Borer,
Melittia gloriosa.  There are some nice images on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide it is also called the Manroot Borer and  “Larvae bore in the large tubers of various cucurbitaceous plants.”  Manroot is a native plant that is also known as wild cucumber.  The dried leaves in your one image appear to be the leaves of a manroot.

Manroot Borer

BINGO! Kudos Smile That is him, and that is also the dried leaves of the Manroot in the backyard.
Awesome! Thanks
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Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: Northwest Ohio, U.S.A
June 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Dear bugman,
I happened to notice this strange critter while at work today. I work at a greenhouse with flowers and vegetables. Unfortunately I could only get one picture of it before it flew away, rapidly. It has a shiny segmented body and a small, waspish head. The long orange “tail” also appeared segmented, and quite fuzzy. I have looked and found nothing like it on the internet. Please help? Thank you!
Signature: Hanna B.

Clematis Borer

Dear Hanna,
Your description of this insect as “waspish” is spot on because this is a wasp-mimicking Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae, and we eventually identified it on BugGuide as a Clematis Borer,
Alcathoe caudata.  The binomial species name is thus defined on BugGuide: “Caudata from Latin caud, meaning ‘tailed.’ Adult males have a long tail-like appendage on the abdomen. ”  Your individual is a yellow-tailed male.  We have no other images of identified male Clematis Borers on our site, but we do have several images of female Clematis BorersBugGuide also states:  “Larva bore into the roots of Clematis and Ribes species.”  According to Las Pilitas Nursery, the genus Ribes includes gooseberries and currants and Clematis is a popular flowering vine used in landscaping in Youngstown, Ohio.  It is the end of the month and we are selecting your submission as the Bug of the Month for July 2017 because we are so thrilled to now have both sexes of the Clematis Borer in our archives.

Thank you so much! I’m glad that it “bugged” me enough to ask! Happy that I have also provided a useful photo, albeit a slightly blurry one!
Hanna B.

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Subject: Beautiful bug, what is it
Location: Western Washington state
June 9, 2017 7:55 pm
This bug was found in western Washington state. Would like to know what it is.
Signature: Mike Keeney

Western Poplar Clearwing

Dear Mike,
Your moth, a Western Poplar Clearwing,
Paranthrene robiniae, is a member of a family of moths that includes numerous individuals that are very effective wasp mimics, which affords them a degree of protection against predators.  You can verify our identification by comparing your image to images on the Moth Photographers Group and on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “colored almost exactly like a paper wasp. Mostly yellow, first three abdominal segments black. Head is black, with yellow facial scales. FW orange brown with darker veins; HW clear with a deep yellow discal mark, fringed with dark brown scales. Antennae of males are bipectinate, simple in females.”   It should be noted that there is considerable variation in the abdominal markings of individuals pictured online.

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Subject: Unknown Moth
Location: Tacoma, Washington USA
June 8, 2017 6:05 am
Found this moth hanging around a black currant. Pictures don’t really show it, but at a distance of a couple feet, the moth is really difficult to see flying, and even harder to see on the currant branch. Saw it flying in the same area three times during the day. Only saw it land only once. Got the pictures then. Body is 13-15 mm. I didn’t notice the insect shell it is standing on until I looked at the pictures. Don’t know if they’re related.
Signature: Ralph

Currant Clearwing Borer

Dear Ralph,
This is one of the Clearwing Borer Moths in the family Sesiidae, a group with many members that are excellent wasp mimics.  Thanks so much for supplying the name of the host plant because we were able to quickly identify your Currant Clearwing Borer,
Synanthedon tipuliformis, thanks to images on BugGuide where it states:  “Larvae bore in the canes and branches of species of currants and gooseberries (Ribes, Saxifragaceae) and to a lesser extent blackberries (Rubus, Rosaceae). “

Currant Clearwing Borer

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Subject: Very bright moth
Location: South Africa, Pretoria, Rosslyn
March 17, 2017 7:29 am
Hi we found this moth in Rosslyn Pretoria South Africa, it was on the 17th of March 2017, during the day time sitting on the ground. It is a very bright turquoise with bright orange stripes, blue wings with white dots. There is some pictures attached
Signature: Dawie Reyneke

Heady Maiden Moth

Dear Dawie,
We quickly identified this diurnal Tiger Moth as a Heady Maiden Moth,
Amata cerbera, thanks to images posted to iSpot, and we verified that identification with this Project Noah posting.  Many other moths in the subfamily Arctiinae are also effective wasp mimics.

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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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