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Subject:  Never seen one of these
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New York
Date: 07/15/2018
Time: 03:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this on my cone flowers.  Looks like a wasp with fuzzy  legs but the mouth parts looked more like a butterfly than a wasp.
How you want your letter signed:  Andy K

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Andy,
Most of the images submitted to our site of Squash Vine Borers are of females laying eggs on squash or pumpkin plants.  It is nice to get an image of one feeding.  Squash Vine Borers are Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, and many members of the family mimic wasps for protection.

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Subject:  Feather legged flying insect. Id?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tom’s River NJ
Date: 07/08/2018
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

Squash Vine Borer

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.

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Subject:  Flying
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New Jersey
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 05:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  New to me. Hovering around my zucchini.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy K in NJ

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Nancy,
The Squash Vine Borer is a moth that mimics a wasp for protection.  The female lays her eggs on the stems of zucchini, squash, melon or cucumber plants and the larvae bore in the stems, sometimes killing the plants.  According to Featured Creatures:  “The larvae complete their growth and development on wild and domesticated species of the genus
Cucurbita. This insect was once considered a nuisance to commercial growers and a problem to home growers of cucurbits. However, with the expansion of cucurbit production in the United States (U.S.) over the last decade, the squash vine borer has become a pest of economic importance (Brust 2010).”

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Subject:  Moth or Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  NY- Finger Lakes Region
Date: 07/04/2018
Time: 07:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I grew up chasing insects and all manner of critters around UNY and have rarely been surprised. Is this a Wasp Moth? The geography doesn’t seem to fit. It has been around and in my garden for a week and I want to make sure it isn’t dangerous to my children.
How you want your letter signed:  Nate

Please disregard. I found it on my pumpkins and searched it out through a pests page and determined it was a Squash Vine Borer.
Nate Vitale

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Nate,
Your identification of the Squash Vine Borer is absolutely correct.

Thanks! Very much appreciated. Never had them in the garden growing up and never had I seen them in my town.

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Subject:  Some Type of wasp or hornet
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Canada
Date: 06/26/2018
Time: 11:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I came across this type of hornet that I had not seen before and looked up in a big identification website but nothing there was similar to this particular one.
How you want your letter signed:  Hornet identification for Chuck

Lilac Borer

Dear Chuck,
Though it looks very convincingly like a hornet or wasp, this Lilac Borer,
Podosesia syringae, is actually a moth in the family Sesiidae, whose members are very convincing wasp mimics, including this Sycamore Borer.  Here is an image from BugGuide that supports our identification.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae bore in the limbs and trunk of various Oleaceae, including ash (Fraxinus), lilac (Syringae), olive (Olea), privet (Ligustrum) and fringetree (Chionanthus). It can be a serious pest in commercial plant operations.”  This is a new species for our site.

Thanks Daniel,
Very interesting.. Sure looked like a hornet or wasp, but I can see that this makes sense now..
Cheers!
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Subject: What is this?
Location: Montgomery county Pennsylvania
August 24, 2017 7:24 am
Trying to figure out what this bug is.
Signature: Curious chick

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Curious chick,
This is a Squash Vine Borer, a moth that mimics a wasp for protection against predators.  Larvae are borers in the stems of squash and related plants that can destroy a plant or drastically reduce its yield.

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