Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Eupatorium Borer Moth
Carmenta bassiformis (Walker, 1856)

Family: Sesiidae
Subfamily: Sesiinae
Identification: Wings transparent, but with a broad, dark border on forewing. Thorax purplish black; abdomen also purplish black with yellow bands in both sexes. Note width of bands, especially on abdominal segments 3 and 5: those bands narrower in female; all bands nearly same width in male. Antennae all black in male; black with a white section in female.
Wing Span: 1.8-2.6 cm.
Life History:
Flight: Late May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Roots of ironweed and joe-pye-weed.
Adult Food:
Range: Massachusetts to Florida, west to Wisconsin, Kansas, and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL