What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What is this?
Location: New York, ny
June 22, 2015 12:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this bug sitting in my strawberry patch.
What is it?
Signature: Dov

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Dov,
Do you have squash or melon plants near the strawberries?  This wasp mimic is actually a moth called the Squash Vine Borer.  The female lays her eggs on the vines of squash and other members of the family and the larvae bore in the stems, often causing the plants to wither and die.  The Squash Vine Borer will not harm your strawberries.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: New York, New York

2 Responses to Squash Vine Borer

  1. Greg Sewell says:

    This insect has wiped out every squash crop of mine over the last three years. Goodbye pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers and squash. Tree huggers at the extension office suggest slitting the vines and pulling out the borer with a hook. I pulled out thirty in and hour and a half and then chugged a beer and took a hoe to the brown and wilted squash plants and turned them into silage.

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