Subject: funky badass looking moth
Location: holmen wi
June 1, 2012 10:56 pm
found this cool looking moth, i thought it was a fly at first but the body is very mothlike. its red and black as you can see, but the wings when looking at them just right are shiny green
holmen wisconsin
Signature: with letters

Squash Vine Borer

Dear with letters,
You were very observant to classify this Squash Vine Borer
Melittia cucurbitae, as a moth as it is a very effective wasp mimic.  The female Squash Vine Borer lays her eggs on the stems of squash, melon and related plants.  The larvae are stem borers and their feeding negatively impacts the health of the plant.  You can read more about the Squash Vine Borer on BugGuide

Location: Wisconsin

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