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Species Synanthedon kathyae - Holly Borer - Hodges#2579

Holly Borer Moth - Synanthedon kathyae Synanthedon kathyae Sessiid moth - Synanthedon kathyae Synanthedon kathyae Sesiid - Synanthedon kathyae Synanthedon - Synanthedon kathyae Clearwing Moth - Synanthedon kathyae holly borer - Synanthedon kathyae
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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 Sesiinae
Tribe Synanthedonini
Genus Synanthedon
Species kathyae (Holly Borer - Hodges#2579)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon kathyae Duckworth & Eichlin, 1977
* phylogenetic sequence #080600
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Kathy Eichlin.
Forewing length 8-11 mm (Duckworth & Eichlin, 1977).
Larva to 15-21 mm (Ghidiu, Vasvary, Eichlin & Solomon, 1987).
Adult - blue-black with clear wings and yellow abdominal markings. See Duckworth & Eichlin in Print References.
Larva - body creamy white with dark brown head and spiracles (Ghidiu, Vasvary, Eichlin & Solomon, 1987).
There are records from West Virginia and Maryland south to Georgia and eastern Texas, one record from southern Arizona. (1), (2)
Larvae have been found to bore in the wood of cultivated holly (Ilex) spp. (Ghidiu, Vasvary, Eichlin & Solomon, 1987).
Life Cycle
See Ghidiu, Vasvary, Eichlin & Solomon in Print References.
Print References
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1977. Two new species of Clearwing Moths (Sesiidae) from eastern North America clarified by sex pheromones. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 31(3): 193-194
Ghidiu, G.M., L. Vasvary, T.D. Eichlin & J.D. Solomon 1987. Injury and Biology of the Clearwing Borer Synanthedon kathyae on Holly. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 41(3): 154-158, f.1-4
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