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Genus Alcathoe

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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alcathoe Hy. Edwards, 1882
There are five species of Alcathoe in America north of Mexico. (1)
Alcathoe species resemble tarantula hawks (Pepsis), with black abdomens and black or orange wings, and males with a long process on the tip of the abdomen that resemble the trailing legs of the wasp in flight. (2)
Print References
Edwards, Hy. 1882. Notes on N. American Aegeridae with descriptions of new forms. Papilio 2(4): 53
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.