July 5, 2010
We were out in our garden when we saw this weird bee??? collecting pollen. We thought it was very odd and had never seen anything like it before. It has very hairy legs and was definetly collecting pollen. It has wings almost like a dragonfly and antenna like a butterfly. We really don’t know that much about bugs but do know that we have never seen anything like it…soooo we were hoping you could help us identify it. Thanks!!
Manda & Michael
Clay City, Indiana
Dear Manda and Michael,
This moth is a wasp mimic in the family Sesiidae, and it is the Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae. The female wasp lays her eggs on the stems of squash and pumpkin vines, and the larvae are stem borers that can cause considerable damage to the plants.