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Species Synanthedon polygoni - Buckwheat root borer - Hodges#2581

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Sesioidea (Clearwing Moths)
Family Sesiidae (Clearwing Moths)
Subfamily Sesiinae
Tribe Synanthedonini
Genus Synanthedon
Species polygoni (Buckwheat root borer - Hodges#2581)
Hodges Number
2581
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.
Size
Forewing length 7-12 mm. (1), (2)
Identification
Adult - highly variable in color and is associated with higher elevations (Taft, W., 2007).
Range
Chihuahua and northern Baja California (Mexico) to Alaska, Nevada to Colorado and North Dakota east to southern Quebec. (2)
Season
Adults fly March through September.
Food
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 (Polygonum paronychia Cham. & Schltdl., Polygonaceae) (Williams, 1909).
Print References
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 308, pl.32, 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) (2)
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) (4)
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
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
W. Donald Duckworth & Thomas D. Eichlin. 1978. California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8.
3.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.
4.Clearwing Moths of Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
Thomas D. Eichlin. 1992. Tropical Lepidoptera 3(2): 135-150.