Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini
This moth was such a stunner! Its forewings were partly black and marked with reddish purple and an orange discal bar. The abdomen was black and had a flared, brushy tuft at the tip. Antennae have a white band near the ends.
Spotted resting low near the ground on vegetation in a deciduous forest. I tried to be very stealthy to sneak up on this moth before it got scared away. I knew I would have to use my flash, which would undoubtedly scare it off. So, I basically got one shot before it took off. I would have loved to get more shots of this beauty! It's my first time finding a clearwing borer!
''Albuna fraxini'', the Virginia creeper clearwing, is a moth of the Sesiidae family. It is known from the northern United States and southern Canada. The wingspan is about 18 mm. Adults are on wing from June to August.
The larvae feed on Virginia creeper, white, red, green, and European ash, and sometimes mountain-ash.