University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

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Mystery Picture #52

Mystery Picture #52

R. Bessin,
University of Kentucky
Entomology
R. Bessin,
University of Kentucky
Entomology
(Mystery Pictures)(Mystery Pictures)
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Novice

I like to join my many brothers and sisters in building a large silken tent up in a tree branch. If you live in the eastern half of the United States, you may have seen us in our tent in trees along the road or maybe in your backyard! We are Eastern Tent Caterpillars!

To learn more about the Eastern tent caterpillar and see a picture of the web tent, see our EntFact 424 --Tent Caterpillars.


Expert

The Squash Vine Borer is the nemesis of squash and pumpkin gardeners! One day, they have big beautiful squash or pumpkin plants in the garden and the next day, it seems, some or all of the plant has wilted down and all is lost! Close examination will reveal holes bored in the vines by the larvae of this moth. This photo is of the adult.

To learn more about the Squash vine borer and see a picture of the real culprit (the larva!), see our EntFact 314--Squash Vine Borer and Squash Bug

Extra credit: What order does this insect belong to?

Answer: It is a moth, so the order is Lepidoptera.


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