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Squash Vine Borer Moth

Squash Vine Borer Moth
Photo By Todd Ratermann

This picture was taken in Putnam County Tennessee on July 18th. He is resting on a gourd leaf from a volunteer gourd vine in our flower garden.

The Squash Vine Borer Moth obviously uses the appearance of a wasp as a defense mechanism. Considered by many to be a pest species because of agriculture issues relating to vine crops.

A member of the Sesiidae, the Squash Vine moth is a Day-flyer. They have two sets of wings, the first being metallic green and visible in this image, the second set is clear and hard to see when the moth is not in flight.


Common Name: Squash Vine Borer Moth
Scientific Name: Melittia cucurbitae

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