Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon polygoni (Hy. Edwards, 1881)
Pyrrhotaenia polygoni Hy. Edwards, 1881
* phylogenetic sequence #080650
* Ten synonyms were described from the highly variable forms. (1)
Explanation of Names
Named for the plant genus Polygonum on which it was first discovered.
Adult - highly variable in color and is associated with higher elevations (Taft, W., 2007).
Chihuahua and northern Baja California (Mexico) to Alaska, Nevada to Colorado and North Dakota east to southern Quebec. (2)
Adults fly March through September.
Larval food plants: known to use different kinds of buckwheat (Eriogonum
), as well as other plants in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae
) such as beach knotweed
Cham. & Schltdl., Polygonaceae) (Williams, 1909).
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 308
, f.8f, f.9m (3)
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1978. The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8 (PDF
Edwards, Hy. 1881. New genera and new species of the family Aegeridae. Papilio 1(10): 202
Eichlin, T.D. 1992. Clearwing Moths of Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 3(2): 135-150 (PDF
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.14.8m, 14.9, p.125 (1)
Williams, F.X. 1909. Notes on the Life-Histories of certain Wood-Boring Lepidoptera. Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 20(2): 58
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, flight chart, photos of living and pinned adults.