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Species Sesia apiformis - European Hornet Moth - Hodges#2542

Hornet Clearwing Moth - Sesia apiformis Sesiidae Moth - Sesia apiformis Sesiidae Moth - Sesia apiformis
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Sesioidea
Family Sesiidae (Clearwing Moths)
Subfamily Sesiinae
Tribe Sesiini
Genus Sesia
Species apiformis (European Hornet Moth - Hodges#2542)
Hodges Number
2542
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sesia apiformis (Clerck, 1759)
Sphinx apiformis Clerck, 1759
Sphecia apiformis
Trochilium apiformis
Trochilia apiformis
Setia apiformis
Aegeria apiformis
* phylogenetic sequence #079600
Explanation of Names
Apiformis is Latin for "bee-like."
Size
Wingspan: ♂ 34-43 mm, ♀ 40-44 mm. (1)
Identification
Adult - resembles the European hornet.
Larva - yellowish white with a red-brown head.
Range
Introduced from Europe into new England before 1880. Records in North America from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Newfoundland, Canada (Morris, 1986; Engelhardt, 1946). (1)
Food
Larvae bore into the bark, roots and lower trunk of poplar trees (Morris, 1986; Engelhardt, 1946). (1)
Life Cycle
One generation in Europe. Overwinters as larva. Sometimes it takes two years to complete a life cycle. See Engelhardt in Print References.
Print References
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 256-358, pl.29, f.13 (2)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. USNM Bulletin 190: 173-174 (1)
Morris, R.F. 1986. Notes on the Occurrence of the Hornet Moth, Sesia apiformis (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), New to Canada. The Canadian Field-Naturalist 100(2): 253-254, f.1
Works Cited
1.The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae.
George P. Engelhardt. 1946. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 1-222, pl.1-32.
2.Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico.
William Beutenmüller. 1901. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 218-352, pl.29-36.