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Squash Vine Borer Moth

Melittia cucurbitae


Females typically lay their eggs at the base of squash plants. The caterpillars develop and feed inside the stalks. With enough feeding damage, the entire plant may eventually die. Adults are diurnal and are often seen taking nectar from flowers.


Much of the U.S., except the Pacific coast. In areas of squash plants; farms, gardens.


Damage to squash plants can be prevented by wrapping the base of squash plants with a protective cover.

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Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thank you Lauren & Glen!

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 8 years ago

Nice shot!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Beautiful picture! Great shot.

Small Wonders
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Northview, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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