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Sesiid Clearwing Moth

Melittia sp.

Description:

Moth spotted on Cucurbita argyrosperma (ayote in Costa Rica, cushaw pumpkin according to internet) leaf, the white spot right under the moth is a liquid secreted as I got closer, so I think it is a defensive mechanism.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago
Sesiid Clearwing Moth
Melittia sp. Genus Melittia - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 6 years ago

Thank for the ID, it is bad not to have many information about this kind of moth, I really wanted to know something about that kind of behaviour, mainly because it's the first time I observe it on lepidoptera (as far as I can remember).

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Sesiidae, Sesiinae, Melittiini, Melittia sp.. Unfortunatlythere is almost no info about this family.
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

Ignacio Gamboa
Spotted by
Ignacio Gamboa

San José, San José, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 26, 2014
Submitted on Jul 26, 2014

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