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55a0180 – 2626.5   Chamaesphecia empiformis (Esper, 1783)

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Synonymy: Sphinx empiformis Esper, 1783
Sphinx bombyciformis Geoffroy, 1785
Aegeria empinaeformis Walker, 1856
Chamaesphecia flavoabdominalis Popescu-Gorj, 1955
Chamaesphecia lastuvkai Špatenka, 1987
Taxonomic Notes: Chamaesphecia empiformis (Esper, 1783) was introduced from Europe into the USA in 1970 for biocontrol of Cypress Spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias L.); its current population status is uncertain, Harris 1984:163-165 & Winston et al. 2014. One Chamaesphecia record (photographed) from Tweed, ON, in 2015 appears to be this species.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Harris, P., 1984, . Euphorbia esula-virgata complex, Leafy Spurge and E. cyparissias L., Cypress Spurge (Euphorbiaceae). in J.S. Kelleher J.S. & M.A. Hulme, Biological Control Programmes Against Insects and Weeds in Canada 1969-1980, p. 1-410.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Winston, R.L., M. Schwarzländer, H.L. Hinz, M.D. Day, M.J.W. Cock, M.H. Julien, 2014. Biological Control of Weeds: A World Catalogue of Agents and Their Target Weeds. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, 5: 1-838.
Chamaesphecia empiformis
© Jason King - cf. empiformis
Chamaesphecia empiformis

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