Often I go out looking for bugs and stuff and find very little. Yesterday I saw something flying inside our living room and it looked like an ichneumon wasp. I decided to pot it and remove it lest it freak out Mrs. Ha. A quick look led me to blurt out “clearwing!!”. It was a moth not a wasp.
I then talked to it nicely, taught it to sit and I took its photograph. Then I let it go.
I checked in Dr. Roger Kendrick’s draft chapter on Sesiidae and quickly identified it as Ichneumenoptera sp. A. Only 4 records for Hong Kong when the chapter was drafted. This is probably number 5 or 6. By an amazing coincidence Roger called me that evening as he was surveying on our road with Mark S. I joined them and showed them the photo. The first question was “did you keep it?”
Well I did not of course and that was a shame as this is an undescribed species. Not only is it rare and undescribed but it is a bit of a popinjay. See what I mean?
Look at those afterburners!! What a gorgeous yellow cumberbund. And the white fluffy knee protectors. And all to be found without searching, just sitting in our house, maybe waiting for the rugby to come on. That really made my day. There will be more moth type photos tomorrow if I am spared.