Squash Vine Borer

Subject: A new red insect
Location: Ocean County, New Jersey
July 4, 2016 12:57 pm
While checking up on my little garden patch today I noticed a bright red insect (wasp? – photo attached) flying around my zucchini plant, and frequently alighting on its leaves. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it before, and am curious what it might be. Your input would be appreciated.
Signature: George the Curious

Squash Vine Borer
Squash Vine Borer

Dear George the Curious,
This is a Squash Vine Borer, a harmless moth that mimics a stinging wasp quite effectively.  Squash Vine Borers lay eggs on squash and related plants.  The larvae are stem borers that will reduce the yield of plants, and in a worse case scenario, their feeding may result in the plants withering and dying.

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