Clearwing Moth
Zenodoxus palmii
Sesiidae

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clearwing Mercur

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Located at Mercur, Tooele County, Utah
Larvae feed on the roots of desert globemallow (Sphaeraicea ambigua, Malvaceae), gray globemallow (S. incana), Munro's globemallow (S. Munroana) Lozano's false Indianmallow (Pseudabutilon lozanii, Malvaceae.  Reportedly on lower stems not roots.

References from Bugguide
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1978. The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8 (PDF) (1)
Eichlin, T.D. 1992. Clearwing Moths of Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 3(2): 135-150 (PDF) (4)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. USNM Bulletin 190: 197 (2)
Heinrich, C. 1921. Some Lepidoptera Likely To Be Confused with the Pink Bollworm. Journal of Agricultural Research 20(11): 826-827 (3)
Neumoegen, B. 1891. Some new and beautiful Aegeriadae. Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 2(6): 108-109