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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