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

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Hi Steve,
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.
Steve Milwaukee

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