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Species Melittia grandis - Hodges#2539

Melittia grandis (Strecker) - Melittia grandis - male Melittia grandis - male Melittia grandis - male Melittia grandis - male Three's a crowd - Melittia grandis Melittia grandis (Strecker) - Melittia grandis - female Any ideas what this is? - Melittia grandis Found these two moths mating on Buffalo Gourd - Melittia grandis - male - female
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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 grandis (Melittia grandis - Hodges#2539)
Hodges Number
2539
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melittia grandis (Strecker, 1881)
Trochilium grande Strecker 1881
* phylogenetic sequence #079525
Numbers
6 n. of Mex. (1)
Size
Forewing length 16-21 mm. (2)
Identification

Melittia grandis (Strecker) - female
Det. R. E. Fleischer, 2010
Range
CA-TX-KS
Type Locality: Texas
Food
Larval Host: Cucurbita foetidissima - Missouri gourd
Remarks
The host of this large moth is Curcurbita foetidissima. I have captured this moth in both southwest Kansas and southern Arizona but it is also found in California, Texas, New Mexico. The leg and abdomen coloration are good characteristics for positive identification as compared with M. gloriosa (William H. Taft, 29 June, 2008).
See Also
Melittia spp. - Moth Photo Group
Print References
Beuttenmüller, W. 1901. Monograph of the Sesiidae of America, north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 1(6): 235-236, pl.29, f.4 (3)
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1978. The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8 (PDF) (4)
Engelhardt, G.P. 1946. The North American Clear-wing Moths of the family Aegeriidae. United States National Museum Bulletin 190: 184-186 (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.13.18f, p.124 (2)
Strecker, H. 1881. Description of a new species of Trochilium. Can. Entom., 13(7): 156. Full Text
Internet References
Photos - Moth Photo Group
Large Photo - CalPhotos
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
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.
4.The Clearwing Moths of California (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
W. Donald Duckworth & Thomas D. Eichlin. 1978. California Department Of Food and Agriculture Occasional Papers in Entomology 27: 1-80, f.1-40, pl.1-8.
5.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.