Subject: Feather legged flying insect. Id?
Geographic location of the bug: Tom’s River NJ
Time: 12:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Early summer. This one hangs out at my pumpkin plant around noon. It looks like it pokes the vines with its abdomen then rests on one of the leaves
Thank you in advance.
How you want your letter signed: Pumpkin watcher
Dear Pumpkin Watcher,
We have received numerous requests this summer to identify Squash Vine Borers, a species of moth that mimics a stinging wasp and lays its eggs on the the stems of plants in the squash family. The larvae hatches and bores in the stems, often causing them to wither and die.