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Species Melittia cucurbitae - Squash Vine Borer - Hodges#2536

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Sesioidea (Clearwing Moths)
Family Sesiidae (Clearwing Moths)
Subfamily Sesiinae
Tribe Melittiini
Genus Melittia
Species cucurbitae (Squash Vine Borer - Hodges#2536)
Hodges Number
2536
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melittia cucurbitae (Harris, 1828)
Aegeria cucurbitae Harris, 1828
Melittia cucurbitae
Trochilium cucurbitae
Melittia satyriniformis
* phylogenetic sequence #079450
Explanation of Names
cucurbit Latin for gourd. (1)
Numbers
Six Melittia species occur in America north of Mexico.
Size
Winspan 28-32 mm. (2)
Identification
Day-flying wasp mimic. Abdomen bright orange.
Eggs are oval, football shaped.

Melittia cucurbitae has a dark olive green second abdominal segment.
Distinguished from Melittia calabaza which has some orange on the second abdominal segment.
Range
e US to Great Plains - Map (MPG)
Season
mostly: Jun-Aug (BG data)
Food
Larvae feed (stem borer) on squash, gourds, pumpkins, i.e. Cucurbitaceae. (2)
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
1: egg. 2 and 3: larvae. 4: mating pair. 5: egg-laying female
See Also
Melittia calabaza, the second abdominal segment has is orange.

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Melittia grandis

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Melittia gloriosa
Print References
Covell Jr., C.V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of Eastern North America. p.426, plate 61 #9 (3)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 182-184 (2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae.
George P. Engelhardt. 1946. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 1-222, pl.1-32.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.