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Strawberry crown moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis)

Although the strawberry crown moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis) has beautifully ornate, iridescent markings, it is generally considered an agricultural pest due to its larvae feeding on strawberries and a variety of other plants in the rose family (Rosaceae). Like other borer moths in the family Sesiidae, this species bears a resemblance to a hornet — an example of mimicry which helps enable daytime activity by reducing the risk of predation.

Strawberry crown moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis).  Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, CA. Stock Photo ID=MOT0004
Strawberry crown moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis), highly detailed dorsal view on wild blackberry (Rubus sp.). Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California.

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