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Red Mystery Insect - Bee? Fly? Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae

Red Mystery Insect - Bee? Fly? Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae
Dedham, Massachusetts, USA
June 14, 2010
Size: About 1 inch long.
I found this insect flying around in my vegetable garden. It seemed to like landing on the stems of plants, but as far as I could tell it wasn't feeding on the plants. It's rear legs are big and fuzzy, while its middle pair of legs are thin and have zebra-like stripes. Anybody know what this thing is? I'm just really curious!

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Red Mystery Insect - Bee? Fly? Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae Red Mystery Insect - Bee? Fly? Moth? - Melittia cucurbitae

Moved
Moved from Sesioidea.

Moved
Moved from ID Request. Hope it wasn't your squash or your cucumbers!

 
Why is that? Do you know what
Why is that? Do you know what it is?

 
Now I see what it is. And ye
Now I see what it is. And yes, I regret to say that those were cucumbers and squash it was landing on. Wow, that was a precise ID. Yikes.

 
Definitely laying eggs
According to what I've read, cucumbers don't get hit by squash vine borers as much as squash and zucchini.

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