Day Flying Moth Wasp Mimics
This wasp mimic, is common in late summer and likes to nectar on fall flowering plants such as Asters and Goldenrods.
The larvae of this moth overwinter under leaf litter, adults emerge in May with two generations in one year. (BugGuide.net) One more reason to leave plenty of leaf litter in your landscape.
According to Moths & Caterpillars of the North Woods, adults gather pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) from various plants which is toxic to most predators. One plant in particular that is high in PA is Eupatorium.
Have you seen either of these moths in your landscape?
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm