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Species Alcathoe autumnalis - Hodges#2622.1

Convincing wasp mimic ovipositing - Alcathoe autumnalis - female Convincing wasp mimic, dorsal view - Alcathoe autumnalis - female Alcathoe autumnalis  - Alcathoe autumnalis Moth - Alcathoe autumnalis - male Moth - Alcathoe autumnalis - male Alcathoe autumnalis - female Alcathoe autumnalis - female Clearwing Moth - Alcathoe autumnalis - female
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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 Alcathoe
Species autumnalis (Alcathoe autumnalis - Hodges#2622.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Fall Clematis Clearwing Borer
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alcathoe autumnalis Engelhardt, 1946 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #081900
5 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Wingspan: ♂ 32-36 mm, ♀ 34-38 mm. (1)
Known from Texas panhandle to southmost Texas. (2), (1)
Type Location: San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.
Larval hosts are Clematis sp., including western white clematis (Clematis ligusticifolia, Ranunculaceae). (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae are root and stem borers.
Adult is a remarkably good mimic of Pompiliid spider wasps.
See Also
Alcathoe carolinensis was once a synonym of autumnalis.
Print References
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. USNM Bulletin 190: 105-106, pl.25, f.149 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 3C: Micro-Moths and Geometroids
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2008. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. 30 pp., 18 plates.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group