Tag Archives: yellowjacket

Raspberry crown borer

I LOVE this clearwing moth. The raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata) is a Batesian mimic of (I think) Vespula maculifrons and V. pensylvanica, our native yellow jackets. If you’re mildly impressed by the resemblance, you should see them in flight or walking around a leaf. They have completely nailed the cocky, jerky yellow jacket attitude. I can’t seem to find a video to link to, but this is a related species. If you live near a big patch of raspberry or blackberry, go look for them right now … they are out mating and laying eggs.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Female raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata)

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Female raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata)

Yellowjacket hover fly

Saw this fly ovipositing onto a recently toppled tree, in Clayton Park, New Jersey.  Pretty sure it’s Milesia virginiensis (Diptera), the yellowjacket hover fly.  It was large enough, though, to gave me pause for a few seconds.  Syrphids I’m familiar with are much smaller, and never really register as wasps.  A rather convincing mimic.

Colin Purrington Photography: Insects &emdash; Yellowjacket hover fly ovipositing