Yellow approx. 1 cm. with spines all over. It was eating my squash and gourd vines.
Your insect is the Squash lady beetle.
This insect is found in the eastern half of the US south of MA.
This spiny larvae will feed not only on squash and gourds, but also on cantaloupe, cucumbers and other cucurbits.
The adults will feed on the foliage of these plants also but do not eat quite as much as the youngsters.
This beetle is known for the chemical defense from an oily secretion which is especially deterrent against ants.