Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sannina uroceriformis Walker, 1856
Phylogenetic sequence # 080925
The only Sannina species that occurs in America north of Mexico.
The original description is available online in the print references below.
Engelhardt (1946) revised description is available in PDF. (1)
Adult: bluish black and wasp-like, with a distinctive orange band across the abdomen, though may be lacking in some. FW is opaque and HW is somewhat opaque, with small transparent areas between veins at the base of the wings. There are distinct anal tufts in males with five long hair pencils on abdominal segment 8, consisting of two lateral pairs and one anal.
Larva - white with a brown head and light brown area on prothorax. (2)
New Jersey to Florida and westward to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Indiana. (3)
Heppner (2003) expands the range stated above to Montana. (5)
Adults appear to be most common from March to July. (MPG)
Heppner (2003) reported January to February and April to July for Florida. (5)
Larval host is Diospyros virginiana
L. (persimmon). (1)
Heppner (2003) includes the non-native Diopyros kaki
(oriental persimmon). (5)
The life cycle cover 2-3 years. More notes in the PDF. (1)
There are many online resources with information on the pest status of Sannina uroceriformis.
Brown, L.N. & R.F. Mizell, III 1993. The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21 (PDF
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin. 190: 8
Herrick, G.W. 1907. Notes on Sannina uroceriformis
. The Canadian Entomologist. 39: 265
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 56-59, f.21 (download menu
Walker, F. 1856. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. 8: 64