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Species Paranthrene tabaniformis - Dusky Clearwing - Hodges#2524

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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 Tinthiinae
Tribe Paranthrenini
Genus Paranthrene
Species tabaniformis (Dusky Clearwing - Hodges#2524)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
European Poplar Clearwing Moth (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paranthrene tabaniformis (Rottemburg, 1775)
* phylogenetic sequence #079075
Explanation of Names
Tabaniformis possibly from Latain tabanus, meaning "horse fly-like." (2)
Forewing length 8-14 mm. (3)
Larva to 24 mm. (4)
Larva - ivory with pale yellow-brown head. Dorsal surface yellowish with two brown furrows that converge at the head. Spriracles elliptical and prominent. (4)
Introduced from Europe. Alaska south through Canada and most of the United States east of the Rockies. (3), (4)
Larvae bore in the roots, low trunk, and branches of low shrubby willows (Salix) in the north and cottonwood (Populus) is prefered in the southern part of its range. Alder, birch and hawthorn are hosts in Europe but unconfirmed in North America. (3), (4)
Life Cycle
See Solomom in Print References.
Print References
Brown, L.N. & R.F. Mizell, III 1993. The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21 (PDF) (3)
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 42-46, f.16 (Download Options) (4)
Venable, G. 1984. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 38(1): Cover Drawing
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
Larry N. Brown & Russel F. Mizell, III. 1993. Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21.
4.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.