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Squash Vine Borer Moth

Melittia cucurbitae


The adult borer resembles a wasp. It is about 1/2 inch long with an orange abdomen with black dots.

1 species ID suggestions

Squash Vine Borer Moth
Melittia curcurbitae Squash Vine Borer Moth


MayraSpringmann 6 years ago


mdwildlife 6 years ago

Thank you Keith and Ryan - I agree you totally nailed it. I wasn't even thinking moth. Thanks for the help.

LarryRyan 6 years ago

I agree it's called a white moth and they lay their eggs at the base of squash and other vine plants. The grubs that hatch eat the stem from the inside making it all mushy. A fine netting covering the bottom 8-10 inches of vine to the ground will be sufficient to save the plants.

KeithRoragen 6 years ago

Nice series.

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 39.87, Long: -75.67

Spotted on Jul 21, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012


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