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Wasp Moth

Myrmecopsis strigosa


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.


flowntheloop 4 years ago

So cool!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

That's some amazing mimicry! Congrats.

Machi 4 years ago

Wow! Very convincing mimicry

DanielePralong 4 years ago

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".
Wasp Moth (Myrmecopsis strigosa) spotted in Mexico by Tom15
National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here:, especially if your country or region isn't on the map yet!
Don't forget to submit photos of moths you spot here!



Tom15 7 years ago

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.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

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.

ForestDragon 8 years ago

What wonderful mimicry!

Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks Livan and stho002. It does look close to the attached photo.

stho002 8 years ago
LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Very cool.

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Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Oct 15, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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