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Species Synanthedon pictipes - Lesser Peachtree Borer - Hodges#2550

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 pictipes (Lesser Peachtree Borer - Hodges#2550)
Hodges Number
2550
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon pictipes (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Aegeria pictipes Grote & Robinson, 1868
* phylogenetic sequence #079875
Size
Forewing length 8-12 mm. (1)
Wingspan 18-25 mm. (2)
Larva to 20 mm. (3)
Identification
Adult male has yellow scales on top of head between the eyes, and black scales between the antennae, which differentiates if from male Peachtree Borer (see See Also section below).
Range
Eastern half of the United States and southern Canada, west to Minnesota and Texas. (1), (3)
Food
Larvae tunnel under the bark and in the twigs and branches of cultivated and wild peaches, plums and cherries (Prunus), Amelanchier, apples (Malus spp.) and pears (Pyrus) (all Rosaceae). (1)
Life Cycle
See Solomon in Print References.
See Also
Male of Peachtree Borer (S. exitiosa) has the reverse combination: black scales between the eyes, and yellow scales between the antennae.
Print References
Beutenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 291-292, pl.31, f.10 (4)
Brown, L.N. & R.F. Mizell, III 1993. The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21 (PDF) (1)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 94-95, pl.23, f.138-139 (2)
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 62-64, f.23 (download menu) (3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
Larry N. Brown & Russel F. Mizell, III. 1993. Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21.
2.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.
3.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.
4.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.