Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon rhododendri (Beutenmuller, 1909)
Sesia rhododendri Beutenmueller 1909
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet named for the host species.
includes at least 42 species in America north of Mexico. (1)
The original description as Sesia rhododendri Beutenmueller is available online in the print references below.
"The key to this species is the yellow posterior banding on abdominal segment 2, 4, and 5." William H. Taft
Please see notes on this photo.
Larva - body yellow-white and semitransparent, head and legs reddish brown. (3)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Adults fly from May to July. (4)
Larvae bore into main stems of rhododendron and mountain laurel. (2)
Considered an important pest. (2)
There are many online resources with information on the pest status.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Beutenmueller, W. 1909. Descriptions of three new Sesiidae. Entomological News, and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 20: 82
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 42-43
, f.108 (5)
Neal, J.W. 1984. Bionomics and instar determination of Synanthedon rhododendri (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) on Rhododendron. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 77: 552-560.