Wasp Moths

Wasp Moths comprise a subfamily (Ctenuchinae) of the Tiger Moth family (Arctiidae). They are mostly diurnal but readily arrive at our bug lights. Many species are toxic and they imitate wasps to avoid predation. Imitating a whole suite of Hymenoptera from yellow jackets to wasps to bumble bees, the wasp moths as a group practice Mullerian mimicry. Check out the diversity here at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest

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