Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Clematis Clearwing Moth
Alcathoe caudata (Harris, 1839)

Family: Sesiidae
Subfamily: Sesiinae
Identification: Variable, with 4 different appearances. Males have a long slender appendage extending from the eigth abdominal segment.
Wing Span: 2.5-3.2 cm, females larger than the males.
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Larva bore into the roots of Clematis and Ribes species.
Adult Food:
Range: Eastern half of the US and Canada.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.