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Species Synanthedon resplendens - Sycamore Borer - Hodges#2582

Clearwing Wasp Moth - Synanthedon resplendens - female Sycamore Borer in California - Synanthedon resplendens - female Sycamore Borer in California - Synanthedon resplendens - female Beautiful Wings - Synanthedon resplendens Sycamore boring caterpillars - Synanthedon resplendens Clearwing moth, Sunol, CA - Synanthedon resplendens Clearwing moth, Sunol, CA - Synanthedon resplendens Day-flying moth - Synanthedon resplendens
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Cossoidea (Carpenter and Clearwing Moths)
Family Sesiidae (Clearwing Moths)
Subfamily Sesiinae
Tribe Synanthedonini
Genus Synanthedon
Species resplendens (Sycamore Borer - Hodges#2582)
Hodges Number
2582
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synanthedon resplendens (Hy. Edwards, 1881)
Albuna resplendens Hy. Edwards, 1881
* phylogenetic sequence #080675
Size
Forewing length 8-12 mm. (1)
Larva to 18 mm. (2)
Pupa about 10 mm. (2)
Identification
Adult - see descriptions by Duckworth & Eichlin and Solomon, as well as Engelhardt figures, available in Print References.
Larva - body pinkish white to dark pink, head reddish brown. (2)
Range
California north to Washington and Idaho, east to New Mexico. (1), (2)
Food
Larval hosts: prefered - Platanus racemosa (California sycamore); also used - Quercus agrifolia (Coast live oak); occasionally avacado. (1), (2)
Life Cycle
See Duckworth & Eichlin and Solomon in Print References.
Remarks
Regarding the potential management of trees infested with these moths, the University of California's Integrated Pest Management Program states on their website:
"Sycamores tolerate extensive boring by this insect, and generally no control is recommended."
Print References
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1978. The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8 (PDF) (1)
Edwards, Hy. 1881. New genera and new species of the family Aegeridae. Papilio 1(10): 186
Eichlin, T.D. 1992. Clearwing Moths of Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 3(2): 135-150 (PDF) (3)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 35-37, pl.19, f.105-106 (4)
Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook AH-706: 72-75, f.27 (Download Options) (2)
Internet References
Another image of pinned male & female specimens by Jack Kelly Clark on the UC IPM website.
Works Cited
1.The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
W. Donald Duckworth & Thomas D. Eichlin. 1978. California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8.
2.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.
3.Clearwing Moths of Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
Thomas D. Eichlin. 1992. Tropical Lepidoptera 3(2): 135-150.
4.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.