Clear-Winged Moth

Clear-Winged Moth

Common Name: Clear-Winged Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Sesiidae

The unusual bright coloration of this moth forms part of an elaborate wasp mimic charade that includes, coloration, flight behavior, buzzing noise of the wings in flight and the hind legs being held out behind in flight to mimic the egg laying apparatus of a wasp. Caterpillars bore into roots and stems rather than eating leaves.