Clearwing Persimmon Borer
(previously known as Carmenta chrysophanes)
SESIINAE , SESIIDAE , SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jeremy Barker, taken in Palmwoods, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are a pest because they eat the bark of
They have also been caught in :
The adults of this species are dimorphic. The abdomen of the male is black sparsely covered in yellow hairs, and there is a large tuft of dark brown hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The abdomen of the female is yellow with a yellow anal tuft. The wings of both sexes have large transparent areas, and gold wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
W. Donald Duckworth & Thomas D. Eichlin,
Clearwing Moths of Australia and New Zealand (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae),
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology,
Number 180 (1974), pp. 11, 28, 29.
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 689-690, No. 2.
Richard A. Vickers & Eric R. Rumbo,
Sex pheromone components of the clearwing borer, Carmenta chrysophanes (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae): Provisional identification and field tests,
Australian Journal of Entomology, Volume 40, part 1 (February 2001), pp. 68-73.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, pp. 107, 108.
(updated 20 October 2012)