Picture a Day #173 – Squash Bugs!

Oh no! When I was out in my garden this morning, fertilizing and watering, I discovered something new: three interesting-looking insects on a leaf of my summer squash. I photographed the critters, and when I looked them up on Google Image, I discovered that they must be Squash Bugs. Yuck!

I also learned from this helpful website that they will lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves. You can knock them off, but you must be diligent. The little ones will hatch and take over.

This website says they will kill the leaves. I already have holes in my leaves, but this is the first I’ve seen the culprits. Here is another blog that contains helpful tips. I was happy to discover that using a trellis (tomato cage) is a useful strategy, as I have done this with my yellow (summer) squash and my zucchini.

I also have earwigs in my corn. They are hiding deep down in the top where water collects and I can’t get to them. Perhaps if I keep my corn dry I will discourage them. They require moisture and will not only chew on dead plants but live ones as well.


About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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