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Species Melittia snowii - Clearwing Borer Moth - Hodges#2538

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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 snowii (Clearwing Borer Moth - Hodges#2538)
Hodges Number
2538
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melittia snowii Edwards, 1882
* phylogenetic sequence #079500
Explanation of Names
Named in honor or Prof. F.H Snow.
Size
Forewing length 8-12 mm. (1)
Wingspan 24-26 mm. (2)
Larva to 23 mm (Williams, 1913).
Cocoon 17 mm (williams, 1913).
Range
Kansas and eastern Colorado to Texas, southern Arizona and New Mexico. (1)
Food
Larval foodplant is Cucurbita foetidissima (buffalo gourd).
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on leaf petioles or tender shoots on the host plant. Young larvae bore inside the shoots and cause conspicuous gall-like swellings up to 3" x 1". Mature larvae drop to the ground from a hole made in the bottom of the gall and create slik-lined cocoons below the surface where the pupate. For rearing purposes, large occupied galls can be covererd with soil in a cage. If empty galls are found the larvae/pupae are easily found by carefully scratching the soil near the plant (Williams, 1913; Engelhardt, 1946). (2)
Print References
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 234-235, pl.29, f.9 (3)
Edwards, Hy. 1882. Notes on N. American Aegeridae, with descriptions of new forms. Papilio 2(4): 53
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. USNM Bulletin 190: 186-187 (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.13.19f, p.124 (1)
Williams, F.X. 1913. Notes on three Sesidae (Lepidoptera) affecting the "The Missouri Gourd" (Cucurbita foitidissima) in Kansas. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 8(5): 219-220
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photoraph of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
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.Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico.
William Beutenmüller. 1901. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 218-352, pl.29-36.