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Species Melittia calabaza - Hodges#2537

Melittia calabaza Melittia calabaza Red-Orange Bodied Moth - Melittia calabaza Melittia calabaza Melittia calabaza Melittia calabaza Squash Vine Borer - Melittia calabaza Black and red moth or wasp moth - Melittia calabaza
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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 calabaza (Melittia calabaza - Hodges#2537)
Hodges Number
2537
Other Common Names
Southwestern Squash Vine Borer
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melittia calabaza Duckworth & Eichlin, 1973 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #079475
Explanation of Names
Calabaza, a Spanish word derived from Persian, is a term applied to a variety of gourds and melons grown throughout the world.
Size
Forewing length 12-15 mm. (2)
Range
Tucson, Arizona; Dallas and Beaumont, Texas, south into Mexico - Map (MPG)(2)
Type Location: Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Food
Larval bore into the stems of pumpkins and squashes (Cucurbitaceae), including Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata, C. andreana, C. ficifolk, C. texana and C. okachobeensis. (2)
See Also
Melittia cucurbitae has a dark olive green second abdominal segment. Melittia calabaza has some orange on the second abdominal segment.
Print References
Duckworth, W.D & T.D. Eichlin 1973. New species of clearwing moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) from North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 75: 151-154 (1)
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) (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.New species of Clearwing Moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) from North America.
W. Donald Duckworth & Thomas D. Eichlin. 1973. Proceedings of the Washington Entomological Society 75(2): 150-159.
2.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.