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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Longswamp Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Camera: ONEPLUS A3000
Copyright: © Kyle Loughlin