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Species Albuna pyramidalis - Fireweed Clearwing Moth - Hodges#2533

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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 Albuna
Species pyramidalis (Fireweed Clearwing Moth - Hodges#2533)
Hodges Number
2533
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Albuna pyramidalis (Walker, 1856)
Aegeriu pyramidalis Walker, 1856
Albuna montana Hy. Edwards, 1881 (188)
Albuna vancouverensis Hy. Edwards, 1881 (188)
Albuna coloradensis Hy. Edwards, 1881 (189)
Albuna torva Hy. Edwards, 1881 (189)
Albuna beutenmuelleri Skinner, 1903
* phylogenetic sequence #079325
Size
Forewing length 8-14 mm. (1)
Identification
Adult - several color forms from orange-red to black but all have a diagnostic wide discal band. (1), (2)
Range
Canada, Alaska, northeastern United States, northern Michigan and Wisconsin, Rocky Mountains and Pacific Mountain ranges. (1)
Food
Larvae bore in the main roots of fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium, Onagraceae), dwarf fireweed (C. latifolium) and common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis, Onagraceae), sometimes up to 60 cm below the soil surface. (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae overwinter in silk cocoons just below the soil surface. (1)
Remarks
The adults are attracted to flowers. Fast-flying males hover over the blossoms, while the heavier, sluggish females rest on the foliage or flowers. (1)
Print References
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 273 (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: 17-18 (PDF) (1)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. USNM Bulletin 190: 162-164 (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.12.46f, p.124 (2)
Internet References
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.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
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.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.