Delicious or dangerous? Many predators would pass on these day-flying moths …and many people would be wary in their presence. In fact, the Parks & Rec REACH MORE camper holding it needed reassurance it was safe to do so. In flight they closely resemble wasps, even producing a droning sound to further the ruse. They can be found from Nova Scotia and the New England states, west to Vancouver, British Columbia. And also in the Rocky Mountain states to the Pacific Coast. The adults only live 4-10 days and are most commonly found in July and early August.

Photos by: Brenna Shea on 7/20/21 in Missoula, MT