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squash vine borer – Melittia curcubitae

squash vine borer - Melittia curcubitae

The larva of the squash vine borer (Melittia curcubitae) burrows into the stems and crowns of squash, zucchini, and pumpkin plants, eating surrounding tissue and causing a distinct wilting damage to the plant. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines the variety of management methods growers and IPM professionals can use to combat the squash vine borer. (Photo credit: Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org)

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