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Species Carmenta phoradendri - Mistletoe Borer - Hodges#2606

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Classification
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 Carmenta
Species phoradendri (Mistletoe Borer - Hodges#2606)
Hodges Number
2606
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carmenta phoradendri Engelhardt, 1946 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #081400
Explanation of Names
The species name phoradendri refers to the genus name of its host plants (Phoradendron).
Size
Wingspan 18-20 mm. (1), (2)
Identification
Adult - see Engelhardt in Print References.
Range
Known only from southern Arizona, south Texas, and Mexico. (3), (1), (2)
Type Location: San Antonio, Texas.
Food
Larvae bore into the swollen basal stems of mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum, Viscaceae) commonly attached to branches of mesquite. Whittaker found the larvae in Christmas mistletoe (Phoradendron tomentosum) in south Texas. (1)
Print References
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 51-52, pl.20, f.113 (1)
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 108-110, f.42 (download menu) (2)
Whittaker, P.L. 1984. The insect fauna of Mistletoe (Phoradendron tomentosum, Loranthaceae) in southern Texas. The Southwestern Naturalist 29(4): 435-444 (abstract)
Internet References
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.North American Moth Photographers Group