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Squash Vine Borer
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Squash Vine Borer

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Sesiidae

Pest Status: Squash vine borers can kill plants as they bore up and down in the stems.

Appearance: The squash vine borer is a moth. The body is black marked with orange-red and the hind legs are feathery with black and orange hairs. The front wings are metallic green and the hind wings are transparent.

Life Cycle: The squash vine borer overwinters as a larva in the soil. It pupates in the spring and the adult emerges in summer.

Where to Collect: Moths are active during the daytime and rest on leaves in the evening.