NOTES ON SANNINA UROCERIFORMIS

Glenn W. Herrick
1907 Canadian Entomologist  
AGRICUI-TUJ{AL COLLEGE' ]\TISS. During the spring of r9o6 one of my correspondents sent me two brttered and broken female moths of the family Sesiida from Ocean Springs, Miss. Supposing lhem to be from the Peach tt'ee, and from their battered conclition not being able to make ottt their markings distinctly, I called them S. exiliostt. IJaving occasion to visit the fruit farm of this correspondent this spring, I was surprised to find that the rnoths in question were collected from pupe on wild
more » ... from pupe on wild Persimmon trees, It was therefore rvith a good deal of interest that I began a careful examination of the ferv rvilci Persin'rmon trees orr his place, and other trees of the same kind in the vicinity. This was on N{ay 4. We were much disappointed at first in our search, because lve found only empty pupa-cases! from which the adults had alreadl'and very lately flown. We found over twenty empty cases on aboLrt a dozen trees, from one inch to two inches in diameter. We were finally rervarde<i, however, by finding three or four fresh pupre in some trees which had their bases heaped about with dead strarv' From these we went to adjoining fields, rvhere there rvere a great many small Persimmons, from one-half an inch to an inch and a half in diameter, that had been alLorved to grow up in abandoned rvaste fields. IIere among the deep grass around the bases of the trees we found twenty-odd living pupre. Ti.re larvte of this moth bore into the solid wood of the taproot and stem of the Persimmon. I lvas unable to trace their burrows farther than eight or ten inches below the surface, but this was probably ciue to the small size of the trees, for l)r. Riley says they bore from 16 to 18 inches belolv the ground.
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