The squash vine borer, ( Melitta curcurbitae ), is a common clearwing moth in home gardens . It is a serious pest of vine crops, commonly attacking summer squash, winter squash, and pumpkins. Cucumbers and melons are less frequently affected. In home gardens, entire crops may be lost in a year of high borer populations.
Top picture are adults Vine Borer, below is a larva, pictures are from extension.umn.edu website, they have a very good page on managing these bugs.
Below are three videos created by M. Greg Holdsworth of Your own Victory Garden.com, they are a bit unusual for gardening videos, but if you have a wide monitor and good speakers, it’s really worth the time, and the infos are really goods.
Produced by: Greg Holdsworth