Έγινε μέλος στις: Απρ 18, 2017 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Μάιος 31, 2023 iNaturalist

I have collected clearwing moths since the late 1960's. Today, I try to collect the rarest sesiid species in North America and supply various museums with the specimens. I need specimens of Vitacea cupressi, Carmenta subaerea, Carmenta odda, Alcathoe carolinensis and Synanthedon arkansasensis for DNA analysis if you encounter any of these species. I have collected the rare Synanthedon richardsi with the help of Gary Campbell in Coopersburg PA in 2020 and 2021. Latest References:
Anthony I. Cognato, William Taft, Rachel K. Osborn and Daniel Rubinoff, Multi-gene phylogeny of North American clear-winged moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae): a foundation for future evolutionary study of a speciose mimicry complex, 2023, Cladistics p. 1–17
Taft, Wm. First pheromone collection of the rare Synanthedon richardsi (Sesiidae). 2021. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society.
Taft, Wm. Recent capture information on the scarcely collected moth Carmenta ogalala (Sesiidae). Spring 2020. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society.
Taft, Wm. and Cognato, A. Recognition of a new Carmenta clearwing species from New Mexico supported by morphology and a mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I phylogeny (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae: Sesiinae: Synanthedonini), 2017, Zootaxa 4337 (3): 436–444
Taft, Wm., Cognato, A., and Opler, P., Phylogenetic analysis supports the recognition of Albuna beutenmulleri Skinner as a species distinct from A. pyramidalis Walker (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), 2016, Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. 70 (3), 211–217
Taft, Wm. and Schaper, N. Uncommon clearwing moths (Sesiidae) from southeast Arizona. 2014, Vol. 56 (2): 58-61.

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