Subject: Hairy red and black fly(?)
Geographic location of the bug: Texas (San Antonio)
Time: 02:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This gorgeous hairy-breeched insect was obsessed with my (non-flowering) cucumber plant. It looks like a fly but I can’t find it in any databases. I checked for wasps and bees, too! Seen April 24th (late spring)
How you want your letter signed: Jennifer
This is not a Fly. It is a Moth that benefits by mimicking a Wasp. This is a Squash Vine Borer, and since cucumbers are in the squash family, we presume it is a female laying eggs. You can get additional information on BugGuide.