New data and a redescription for Melittia oedipus, an African vine borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).

T. D. Eichlin


A species of clearwing moth from Kenya, Melittia oedipus Oberthür, is redescribed and illustrated. New information on this species is provided. Its host plant in Kenya, a cucurbit (Coccinia grandis), is a weed pest introduced into Hawaii. The vine borer is being evaluated as a potential biocontrol agent against this weed.


Africa; Argentina; Australia; biocontrol; Cannenta; Chile; Cucurbitaceae; Ethiopian; Hawaii; Honduras; Kenya; Leguminosae; Mexico; Tanzania; Thailand; USA; Zanzibar

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