(clear wing moth)
Host Impact Larva, Adult and Root Damage
Photo by: Bob Richard, USDA-APHIS-PPQ.
Scientific name: Chamaesphecia
Common Name: clear wing moth (1)
Class, order, and
family: Lepidoptera : Sesiidae
Origin: Eurasia (1)
Life Cycle: Their whole life cycle lasts about 1 year. Then
the adult moth lays their eggs next to the root. Then the larva bores
in to the root of the plant and starts to develop and devours the plants
insides and kills the plant. Then the adult comes out and repeats the cycle
all over. (1)
Over wintering State: In the root of the plant. (1)
Egg stage: .100-200 eggs are laid by each female. Newly hatched
larva bore into a spurge stem and tunnel down the stem into the roots.
Larva stage: The larva stage is spent most of its time in the root
of the Leafy spurge (Euphoria esula).
Pupa stage: They live in the stem of the plant and when they
become an adult they crawl to the "exit hole" that the larva has eaten away.
Adult stage: The adult moth
is 10-14 mm in length, and usually is dark brown with yellow markings. The
wings are mostly clear, with dark margins and brown and yellow markings.
Antennae are about half as long as the body and dark. The legs are
yellow with brown markings. The picture above is a picture of the (Chamaesphecia crassicornus) clear
wing moth. (1)
Type of damage to host:
The larva feeds on most of the root but the young larva tend to feeds
on the crown of the plant. Through the stems of the plant they are eaten
and filled with larva excrement. (5)
Host Impact: Root Damage (1)
Favorable/Unfavorable release habitats:
How to collect, transport, and release:
Collection . Hand collecting and sweep netting of adults are
the best collection method. (5)
Transportation Their is no way to transport this insect correctly.
Releasing Put the insect by the root of the ground. (1)
How to redistribute once established:
How and where to purchase: This bug is too new to purchase.
Reasons that They are here: They
are here because Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming has lost
about $120 million dollars worth of land that was destroyed by leafy spurge.
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