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Species Sannina uroceriformis - Persimmon Borer - Hodges#2590

Moths mating - Sannina uroceriformis - male - female Persimmon Borer - Sannina uroceriformis - male Sannina uroceriformis Clearwing? - Sannina uroceriformis - male  Mating Persimmon Borer Moths - Sannina uroceriformis - male - female  Mating Persimmon Borer Moths - Sannina uroceriformis - male - female Sannina uroceriformis Persimmon Borer? - Sannina uroceriformis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Cossoidea (Carpenter and Clearwing Moths)
Family Sesiidae (Clearwing Moths)
Subfamily Sesiinae
Tribe Synanthedonini
Genus Sannina
Species uroceriformis (Persimmon Borer - Hodges#2590)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sannina uroceriformis Walker, 1856
Phylogenetic sequence # 080925
Explanation of Names
Uroceriformis means Urocerus-like, a genus of wasps.
The only Sannina species that occurs in America north of Mexico.
Wingspan 28-32 mm. (1)
Larva to 24-30 mm. (2)
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), (4), (1)
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)
Life Cycle
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.
Print References
Brown, L.N. & R.F. Mizell, III 1993. The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21 (PDF) (6)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin. 190: 8. (1)
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) (2)
Walker, F. 1856. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. 8: 64.
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.
3.South Carolina Moth Species
4.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
5.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
6.The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
Larry N. Brown & Russel F. Mizell, III. 1993. Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21.