sesioidea

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Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae)

…a  species of clearwing moth (Sesiidae) which occurs from eastern North America south into Central America. Adult M. cucurbitae will typically fly from April to November, and will take nectar from a variety of plants. Their larvae feed mainly on squash, pumpkins, and gourds Like other sesiids squash vine borers are day flying, and mimic wasps with their bright coloration.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Sesioidea-Sesiidae-Sesiinae-Melittini-Melittia-M. cucurbitae

Image: Pollinator

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Peachtree Borer (Synanthedon exitiosa)

…a species of sesiid moth that occurs throughout eastern and central North America. Adults typically fly from May to September and likely feed on nectar. Peachtree Borer larvae will bore into and feed on Prunus perscia and other Rosaceae species. They are also known to be pests in orchards. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Sesioidea-Sesiidae-Sesiinae-Synanthedonini-Synanthedon-S. exitiosa

Images: roar and TCalkins