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Species Synanthedon chrysidipennis - Hodges#2578

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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 chrysidipennis (Synanthedon chrysidipennis - Hodges#2578)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon chrysidipennis (Boisduval)
Distribution.- At higher elevations from British Columbia south to Utah and California. The type-locality, Los Angeles, is probably erroneous and may simply represent a locale from which the type specimen was sent.
The larvae have been recorded as boring in the roots of Polygonum davisiae and Polygonum sp. (Polygonaceae). Henne notes that several specimens were observed in Smokey Valley, Tulare County visiting flowers of Achillea lanulosa Nutt. (Asteraceae).
Life Cycle
Biology.- Pupation takes place in cocoons in the larval burrow near the crown of the host plant, or the larvae may construct silk-lined tubes extending from the exit hole in the root to the soil surface to provide a means of escape for the mature pupa. Adults can be seen, often in large numbers, from late June through early August flying about the host plants in alpine meadows. -- William H. Taft, 19 August, 2016
Print References
The Clearwing moths of California by W. D. Duckworth and Thomas Eichlin, 1978.(1)
Works Cited
1.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.