Texas Wasp Moth from Mexico: Horama panthalon

Subject: Wasp-like insect from Tampico
Location: Tampico, Mexico
November 3, 2013 8:10 am
My wife found this bug outside our garden. She insists it is a type of bee. I think it is some sort of fly that resembles a wasp for protective measures. Could you set the record straight?
This was found in Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico. Near Gulf of Mexico coast.
Signature: Rexnatus

Wasp-Mimic Clearwing Moth
Texas Wasp Moth

Hi again Rexnatus,
These are gorgeous photos of a wasp-mimicking Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae.  We have examples of this family on our site, including
Horama plumipes and this still unidentified species we posted in 2007.  Maybe Karl will have some time to research this identification.

Unidentified Sesiid Moth from Mexico
Horama panthalon

Ed. Note:  November 7, 2013
Thanks to a comment from Rexnatus, we have corrected the classification and we can now provide the species name for
Horama panthalon, commonly called the Texas Wasp Moth on BugGuide.

2 thoughts on “Texas Wasp Moth from Mexico: Horama panthalon”

    • Thanks for hunting our archives for this Rexnatus. Though we are back in the office and trying to catch up on the scads of identification requests we have received, our gainful employment demands are very high right now and they often prevent us from being able to devote more time to What’s That Bug? which is a labor of love. We can tell you that Arctiidae has been demoted to the subfamily Arctiinae of Erebidae.


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