Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon castaneae (Busck, 1913)
Sesia castaneae Busck, 1913
* phylogenetic sequence #080550
Explanation of Names
Named for the genus of American chestnut (Castanea).
Wingspan: ♂ 17-20, ♀ 22-28 mm. (1)
Forewing length 10-12 mm. (2)
Larva - body white with brown head and light brown thoracic shield and spriracles. (3)
Closely mirrors the range of American chestnut thoughout the eastern third of the United States. (2)
Larvae bore in the trunks of American chestnut
), prefering damaged trees. (1)
See Solomon in Print References.
Re-discovered in the 1980's in Connecticut using pheromone lures and has since been collected all along the east coast to Florida. This specimen was collected by G.P. Engelhardt of the U.S. National Museum. The specimen is one of 30 specimens found in the National Museum.
considered by VA to be a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) (4)
Brown, L.N. 1986. First records of three Clearwing Moths (Synanthedon tabaniformis, Synanthedon proxima
and Synanthedon castaneae
) in Florida. Florida Scientist 49(2): 80-81
Brown, L.N. & R.F. Mizell, III 1993. The Clearwing Borers of Florida (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 4(4): 1-21 (PDF
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 95-96
, f.140-141 (1)
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 98-99 (download menu