Red and Black Wasp unidentified
May 15, 2010
These wasps have been appearing in our garden since 2008. I cannot seem to identify it. We live in Minnesota, and this seems to be a newer species for us. It looks like a wasp, but is scarlet red with black markings down the center of its back. Is it possible that some wasp species turn red for some reason? Help!
Twin Cities, Minnesota
This is not a wasp, but rather, a moth that mimics a wasp. It is a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae, one of the Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae. The larvae are stem borers in squash, gourd and pumkin plants. That information may be verified on BugGuide.