On my pumkin plants.
July 20, 2009
Took this pic July 16th. This guy didn’t seem very active, sat in this spot for about 2hrs. Preferred the shady side of the pumpkin leaves when he did move. I also have corn, hops, and gourds growing in the same area. It’s probably as common as dirt, but I can’t find it in my guides and now my curiosity is up. Thank you for your help
Dear LA (we just couldn’t bring ourselves to call you by your signed name),
This is a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae, a clearwing moth in the family Sesiidae. Moths in this family mimic wasps for protection. The Squash Vine Borer female lays her eggs on the stems of squash, pumpkin and gourds, and the larvae bore into the stems of the plant, often causing considerable damage and crop loss.