15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Beautiful Sesiidae on Grape Leaves
An amazing bit of luck allowed me to find this wasp-mimic on some grape leaves on a mild summer day. At first look, it is strikingly similar to a wasp; however, a closer look reveals this to be a clearwing moth. This mimic even fooled my trained eye until after I looked at the photos and noticed the antennae and wing scales.
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||Nov. 11, 2017, 10:33 p.m.