Subject: Identifying Black Moth(?) with Metallic Blue Markings
Geographic location of the bug: Northern Indiana, USA
Time: 11:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
I noticed what appears to be black moths flirting between tree leaves and circling the trees a few days ago. I’ve never seen these moths in my parents’ yard or anywhere else. They are several of them, 5-10, and they are flying around a weeping willow and an oak tree. They are landing and staying on the oak leaves even when approached. Thank you for you help in identifying this for me and my family!
How you want your letter signed: Nicholas K. Sobecki
Congratulations on identifying this Virginia Ctenucha as a moth. It is a very effective wasp mimic. Here is a BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Despite its name, this species is more commonly found in the northern United States and southern Canada than in Virginia, which represents the southern boundary of its range.”