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Dasysphecia bombyliformis (Rothschild, 1911)

A clearwing moth mimicking a bumble bee or perhaps the Hornet Vespa tropica. I mistook the same for a bee/hornet till Geetha Iyer pointed out that it may be a Sesiid. Ian Kitching confirms that the Natural History Museum, London has only two specimens including the holotype. Type locality is in the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya collected in June 1895, described by Rothschild in 1911.

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  1. Arita & Kallies in Kallies & Arita, 2005; Kallies & Arita, 2005
    Systematic position of the genus Dasysphecia (Lepidoptera, Sesiidae, Cissuvorini) with descriptions of two new bumble bee mimicking species from northern Vietnam Trans. lepid. Soc. Japan 56 (2): 85-92
  2. Pühringer, F. & Kallies. [accessed 13 Sep 2016]
  3. Rothschild, 1911. New Aegeriidae. Novitates Zoologicae. v.18. Pg. 45. Pictured in v.19 (1912) plate 4. fg.30
  4. Ratnasingham, S. & Hebert, P. D. N. 2007. BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System (website). [accessed 13 Sep 2016]

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Anonymous. 2021. Dasysphecia bombyliformis (Rothschild, 1911). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 2.61. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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