Project Noah Fun Fact: Wasp Moth

In honor of this year’s focus on tiger moths, our partner, citizen science website Project Noah will be featuring a fun fact about the tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae) during National Moth Week.

From Project Noah:

Some tiger moths are excellent mimics of the order Hymenoptera, which includes ants, bees, sawflies, and wasps. They even have evolved a narrower abdomen and lost scales on some wings to mimic the narrow waist present in many hymenopterans, resulting in excellent wasp and ant mimics.

Wasp Moth (Myrmecopsis strigosa), spotted by user Tom15 on Project Noah.

National Moth Week is from July 22-30. Are you participating? Please register a public or private event here:, especially if your country or region isn’t on the map yet!

Don’t forget to submit photos of moths you spot here!

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