Friday, June 08, 2012

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Ok, this lovely creature does none of those, but I like the title of the post anyway. =) This is a squash borer moth. We saw one in person for the first time the other day in the heat of the day. Reia thought it looked like a red bee. And it sounds like a bee and flys like a wasp, but is indeed a moth.

After sending a pic of this beauty (ewww) to my gardening mentor, she let me know what it was and I immediately went to google for follow up info. Turns out unlike other moths, this one actually carries on its business during the day. Thank goodness or I would have never know to spend the next two hours in the garden looking for the eggs it laid. Small reddish brown eggs, singly laid along the stems and base of the plants. They hatch in a week and become a big problem. Getting the larvae out of your plants is much more challenging than picking off eggs, so hop to it!

In all seriousness, if you see this bug, catch and kill if you can. And look for the eggs asap and for days after. They're there!

Happy Gardening!

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