What is this flying orange & black bug? Beetle?
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 4:47 PM
I would be very interested in knowing what kind of bug this is. Looks orange and black. It was flying in and around some big melon leafs and landed for a moment, thus the still photo. I’m 51 years of age and have never seen a bug like this.
Steve Milwaukee, WI USA
Milwaukee, WI USA 53214
Though your letter does not indicate when this insect was noticed, we have a sneaky suspicion it was not seen this week in Wisconsin. This is a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae, a Clearwing wasp mimic moth in the family Sesiidae.
Hello Daniel Marlos – Bugman,
I thank you very much for identifying the insect photos I sent. I took the photos this last summer 08-02-08 @ 11:17am and have had them in my photos. I knew I had you web site in my favorites but my file system is a mess and just came across it the other day. Thank you again as the wife will enjoy the identification also.