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Genus Melittia

Is this a Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae Squash Vine Borers - Melittia cucurbitae SVB - Melittia cucurbitae - female Melittia cucurbitae Squash Vine Borer - Hodges#2536 (Melittia cucurbitae)  ? - Melittia cucurbitae Clearwing moth -- squash borer? - Melittia cucurbitae Wasp-mimic Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae No idea. - Melittia cucurbitae
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melittia Hübner, 1819
Explanation of Names
From Latin, mellitus, sweetened with honey? (Based on Internet searches.)
Numbers
There are six species of Melittia in America north of Mexico (June 2013). (1)
Identification
Melittia includes some of the largest and most spectacular clearwings in North America. Characterized by scales below the antenna that extend over the eye and very large tufts of scales on the hind tibia and tarsus. (2)
Range
All species bore in squash vines. (2)