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Genus Melittia

Unknown bug (moth, whatever) - Melittia gloriosa Melittia cucurbitae Weird bug?  maybe a wasp? see 2 pics - Melittia cucurbitae Unknown bug - Melittia cucurbitae moth 2 - Melittia cucurbitae Unknown True Bug? - Melittia cucurbitae Black and red moth or wasp moth - Melittia calabaza Clearwing Borer Moth - Melittia snowii
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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)
All species bore in squash vines. (2)