Wasp Moth (Sesiidae – Clearwing Moths)

On a hike today in the Fruska Gora National Park, near the train station, Čortinovci Dunav we encountered many of these beautiful Clearwing Moths. They fly quite slow so they were easy to catch. There are over 1,300 different species of clearwing moths. This particular species uses Batesian mimicry, which means the orange strips make it look like an unpalatable and stinging wasp, and would be predators then avoid it. That is one of the reasons it may be able to be active during the day and fly so slow.





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