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Published: 2017-03-17

On the taxonomy and morphology of Leuthneria ruficincta (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)

The A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prospekt 33, Moscow, 119071 Russia.
Lepidoptera Sesiidae Melittia ruficincta revised combination new synonym first record Ethiopia Kenya


In this paper I place the type species Eublepharis ruficincta Felder et Felder, 1874 presently assigned to the genus Leuthneria Dalla Torre, 1925 to the genus Melittia Hübner, 1819 [“1816”]. The adults and the male genitalia Melittia ruficincta (Felder et Felder, 1874) comb. rev. are described and illustrated. The taxonomy of the genera Eublepharis Felder et Felder, 1874 and Leuthneria Dalla Torre, 1925 is discussed. Both genera are synonymized under the genus Melittia Hübner, 1819 [“1816”]. New distribution records from Ethiopia and Kenya for Melittia ruficincta are presented.



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