Squash Vine Borer

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August 9, 2009
Seen this winged insect sitting on an oak leaf, it looked like it had fur on its hind legs.
 T. Dunn
N. Illinois

Squash Vine Borer
Squash Vine Borer

Dear T. Dunn,
This is a Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae.  This family is characterized by wasp mimicry of its members.  Your moth is a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia cucurbitae.  The larvae bore in the stems of squash, pumpkins and related plants.

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