Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Western Poplar Clearwing Moth
Paranthrene robiniae (Edwards, 1880)

Family: Sesiidae
Subfamily: Tinthiinae
Identification: Adults mostly yellow, first three abdominal segments black. Head is black, with yellow facial scales. FW orange brown with darker veins; HW clear with a deep yellow discal mark, fringed with dark brown scales. Antennae of males are bipectinate, simple in females
Wing Span: female 3.0-3.6 cm, male 2.3-3.0 cm
Life History: Larvae bore into limbs of host
Caterpillar Hosts: Poplars, Willows
Adult Food:
Range: From Alaska, along the Pacific coast to southern CA, inland to the desert Southwest, throughout the Rockies, east to North Dakota and Kansas.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.