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Genus Paranthrene

Wasp like moth - Paranthrene dollii Clearwing Moth - Paranthrene robiniae clearwing moth - Paranthrene tabaniformis - female Yellow hornet (mimic) with furry/rusty wings - Paranthrene robiniae - female Paranthrene robiniae Paranthrene asilipennis - female Unknown Insect - Paranthrene tabaniformis Possible oak clearwing moth - Paranthrene simulans
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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 Tinthiinae
Tribe Paranthrenini
Genus Paranthrene
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anthrene Hubner, 1819
Explanation of Names
Anthrene is a type of wasp mentioned by Aristotle, though it does not seem to be a modern genus. Para (from Greek?) means beside or near. So this is a "near wasp", certainly referring to the mimicry (Based on Internet searches).
Paranthrene includes some slender species that apparently evolved to resemble vespid paper wasps. (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.