Squash Vine Borer Melittia cucurbitae (Harris) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)

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Squash vine borer, Melittia cucurbitae (Harris), is a diurnal (active during the day) moth species (Figure 1). The larvae complete their growth and development on wild and domesticated species of the genus Cucurbita. This insect was once considered a nuisance to commercial growers and
a problem to home growers of cucurbits. However, with the expansion of cucurbit production in the United States (US) over the last decade, the squash vine borer has become a pest of economic importance (Brust 2010).

Authors: 
Eutychus Kariuki
Authors: 
Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman
Publisher: 
IFAS Extension, University of Florida
Year: 
2017