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When I was photographing this moth, I was sure it was a wasp. I realized it was actually a moth when I looked at the pictures on my computer.
That's some amazing mimicry! Congrats.
Wow! Very convincing mimicry
Congratulations Tom, this wasp mimic has been chosen to illustrate today's fact for National Moth Week 2017:National Moth Week 2017 continues! Thanks to all of you who continue to submit moths spottings. In honor of this year’s focus on tiger moths, Project Noah ranger, National Moth Week organizer and Cornell University entomology student Jacob Gorneau is bringing us daily interesting facts about tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae):"Some tiger moths are excellent mimics of the order Hymenoptera, which includes ants, bees, sawflies, and wasps. They even have evolved a narrower abdomen and lost scales on some wings to mimic the narrow waist present in many hymenopterans, resulting in excellent wasp and ant mimics".Ref: http://buff.ly/2uRpF5m Wasp Moth (Myrmecopsis strigosa) spotted in Mexico by Tom15http://buff.ly/2uRPC53National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here: http://buff.ly/2uRqdbF, especially if your country or region isn't on the map yet!Don't forget to submit photos of moths you spot here!http://buff.ly/2uQJ5YoFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...Twitter:https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/8...
Jacob, I think you got it! The one you linked was from nearby in Guatemala. Thanks, even the post I put on BAMONA came back as unidentifiable.
Amazing spotting, Tom! Check out the moth in the link; it's very similar to your and must be the same species or, at least the same genus.
What wonderful mimicry!
Thanks Livan and stho002. It does look close to the attached photo.
Close to this species: http://www.visualphotos.com/image/1x9094...
Spotted on Oct 15, 2013 Submitted on Oct 21, 2013
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