Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Squash Vine Borer
Melittia cucurbitae Harris, 1828

Family: Sesiidae
Subfamily: Sesiinae
Identification: Conspicuous orange abdomen with black spots and long, bushy, orange and black hind legs. Body and forewing black with greenish iridescence. Hindwing transparent.
Wing Span: 2.5-3.2 cm.
Life History: Larva bores into plant stems.
Flight: April-November; two broods southward.
Caterpillar Hosts: A pest of squashes, gourds, and pumpkins. Also seen on milkweed.
Adult Food:
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
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