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Genus Melittia

Melittia cucurbitae, Squash Vine Borer - Melittia cucurbitae SVB - Melittia cucurbitae Melittia snowii Is this a moth? - Melittia cucurbitae Melittia calabaza Sesiid - Melittia gloriosa Clearwing Moth - Melittia gloriosa Moth on milkweed flower - Melittia cucurbitae
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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.)
There are six species of Melittia in America north of Mexico (June 2013). (1)
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) (original citation 239031,124 in error--see remarks)
Life Cycle
All species bore in squash vines. (2) (original citation 239031,124 in error--see remarks)
Two citations above have been removed because they are in error:
This refers to an unrelated bugguide image.
I inserted a citation that gives most of the information indicated by the erroneous one (2), but this does not mention "scales below the antenna that extend over the eye".
Editors--please insert correct citation if you know it (Cotinis/PC 7/14/19).
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
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.