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Blackberry clearwing borer moth

Pennisetia marginata

Description:

This wasp mimicking moth has black and yellow bands and closely resembles a yellow-jacket. The blackberry plant that its on is its host plant.

Habitat:

Spotted on a blackberry plant next to a country road with tall fir trees nearby.

Notes:

The larvae feed on blackberry and raspberry plant, which they bore into.

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6 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you Leonardo Castro, SukanyaDatta and ornithoptera80 for your kind words.

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 2 years ago

amazing spotting Brian38

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Super! What a fantastic fraud. A new species for me. Thanks.

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 2 years ago

Just unbelievable!

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks Mark. I thought I was taking pictures of a yellow jacket initially.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Excellent mimicry.

Brian38
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Brian38

Washington, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2019
Submitted on Aug 26, 2019

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