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Genus Paranthrene

Hornet Clearwing  - Paranthrene simulans Hornet Clearwing  - Paranthrene simulans Potential Paranthrene simulans - Paranthrene simulans Potential Paranthrene simulans - Paranthrene simulans Potential Paranthrene simulans - Paranthrene simulans Wasp Mimic Moth - Paranthrene dollii Sesia tibiale?? - Paranthrene simulans - male - female Paranthrene tabaniformis? - Paranthrene tabaniformis
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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 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).
Identification
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.