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1. Any of various diurnal moths of the family Sesiidae, having scaleless transparent wings and a wasplike appearance, some of which are pests of crops.
2. Any of various other similar moths, especially of the family Sphingidae.
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(ˈklɪəˌwɪŋ) or

clearwing moth

(Animals) any moth of the family Sesiidae (or Aegeriidae), characterized by the absence of scales from the greater part of the wings. They are day-flying and some, such as the hornet clearwing (Sesia apiformis), resemble wasps and other hymenopterans
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any moth of the family Aegeriidae, having transparent, scaleless wings.
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Resource portioning of the sex communication channel in clearwing moths (Lepidoptera: Sessiidae) of Wisconsin.
My favourites were a pair of six-belted clearwing moths, rarely found in North Wales, and the most westerly record by 40 miles.
The systematic position of this family is uncertain and at times, it has been placed in various superfamilies including Noctuoidea (indicating a supposed relationship with Noctuidae) and in the micro-moth superfamily Yponomeutoidea (underscoring a possible link with the clearwing moths, family Sesiidae).
Plume moths are released onto horehound infestations as pupae and clearwing moths are released as eggs attached to toothpicks which are inserted into the plant's stems.
A second, the horehound clearwing moth, was imported in 1996.
The clearwing moth complements this approach by feeding as larvae on growing tissue in the roots and stems, decreasing the flow of water and nutrients.
The wings of the Lepidopteran family, Sesiidae, have very few scales, which leave the wings transparent; hence they are known as clearwing moths in the world.
A new species and genus of the clearwing moths (Lepidoptera, Sesiidae) of the subfamily Tinthiinae from the Primorsky Kray (Far East).
The North American clearwing moths of the family Aegeriidae.
Resource partitioning of the sex communication channel in clearwing moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) of Wisconsin.
Larvae of many species of Sesiidae, the clearwing moths, are important pests in commercial nurseries, urban landscapes, timber stands, vineyards, and orchards.