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Sesiid Clearwing Moth

Melittia sp.


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

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Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 8 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 8 years ago

Sesiidae, Sesiinae, Melittiini, Melittia sp.. Unfortunatlythere is almost no info about this family.

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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