Wasp Mimic Moth

Wasp Mimic Moth Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Wasp Mimic Moth
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Sesiidae

The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.

The Sesiidae family of moths are notorious for their ability to mimic wasps. Through physical and behavior mimicry, they gain protection by an association with a more formidable insect. This moth looked like, flew like and even sounded like a wasp until the lure of the minerals in a roadside puddle, tempted a landing and its muted moth characteristics became more apparent. Mimicry is common in the insect world where you find mantids looking like lichen and moths who pass for tarantulas.