Journal article

The clearwing moths (Lepidoptera, Sesiidae) of Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands

Axel Kallies

Zootaxa | MAGNOLIA PRESS | Published : 2020


In this study, the clearwing moths (Sesiidae) of Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands are reviewed. A total of 58 species belonging to 18 genera are recognized as native to this region. This includes the following new species and genera: Lophocnema mackeyi spec. nov. (Australia), Oligophlebia insurgia spec. nov. (New Guinea), Micrecia capillaria spec. nov. (New Guinea), Micrecia kuukuyau spec. nov. (Australia), Micrecia hawkei spec. nov. (Australia), Lamellisphecia sanguinea spec. nov. (New Guinea), Specodoptera hiltoni spec. nov. (New Guinea), Specodoptera hiltoni hibernia spec. nov., ssp. nov. (New Guinea), Aegerosphecia rufea spec. nov. (New Guinea), Melittia flanneryi spec. nov...

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study would not have been possible without the help and contribution from a large number of individuals and institutions. In particular I would like to acknowledge the collecting efforts of Doug Hilton, at times expertly supported by Zephaniah Hilton and Caleb Dawson, which resulted in the discovery of a number of new species, described here. In addition, I would like to thank Scott Miller, Peter Mackay, Andreas Zwick, Oleg Gorbunov and the late Thomas Eichlin who provided essential material to this study. Additional specimens were provided by Bart Hacobian, Steve Pearson, Andy Young, Bernard Mollet, Klaus Gottschaldt, David Lane, and Frank Roick. I would like to thank Daniel Bartsch for images and scientific discussion, Franz Puhringer for pointing out the misplacement of Lepidopoda andrepiclera, and Peter Hendry, Ted Edwards, Michael Braby, Mike Halsey, Frank Hsu, Yu Tiantian and Yutaka Arita for further information on individual species. I also express my gratitude to Buck Richardson, Alison and Steve Pearson and Teena Draper for live images of specimens and their permission to reproduce them here. I thank Adrienne Hilton for help with sequencing, Liz Milla for DNA barcode analyses, and Qike Wang and my son Henning Kallies for help with imaging. Furthermore, I would like to thank my family for their patience and their help in the field. I would like to express my gratitude to the staff of the British Museum of Natural History, Hope Entomological Collections of Oxford University, and the Australian National Insect Collection for access to their collections and for permission to image type material of Sesiidae, Christine Lambkin and Sue Hadden for their help in obtaining collecting permits. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners, past and present, of the land on which the material used in this study was collected.