Apple clearwing moth - Synanthedon myopaeformis
Cawston, Okanagan-Similkameen, British Columbia, Canada
July 12, 2006
The image shows an apple clearwing moth ( Synanthedon myopaeformis) mating pair. The species is currently restricted to the Southern Interior of BC and northern portions of Washington state. There are 2 more isolated populations: one in Abbotsford (BC) and the other one in London (ON). In Europe larvae are borers on a number of tree genera (preferring apples over others), while in North America they seem restricted to different varieties of apple trees, hence, the common name. Adults are very similar to Synanthedon culiciformis. However, they differ from these by having the venter of labial palpi white and no orange on the lateral sides of segments 1-4. Moreover, myopaeformis males have venter of abdominal segments 4-6 and posterior of segment 7 white, while females have an incomplete red-orange band on the venter of segment 4. Once a species page is created i will add more pics of these iridescent-blue clearwings.