I was out checking an area planted with test squash and found a community of hatching squash bugs. I am sure the population exceed that of Las Vegas. These cute little guys were scrambling all over the place when they realized they were discovered. Oh my ! I haven’t seen this much activity since someone yelled “BOMB” in a crowed room. Well, they got bombed all right. I dropped Die Bug on them, in the powder form. I wish I had taken a picture of this colony for you. You would have been amazed. But I was so startled that I forgot the picture. Bummers!
The parents of these squash bugs were the reason those test squash were failing. The babies I discovered were the next generation. I should have been more diligent in the spring, but I wasn’t. I need to get my priorities in order, I could have stopped their destruction.
So . . . I pulled-up those shabby squash plants and replaced them with some blooming canna lilies. Now the squash are gone. But we were able to harvest a few and enjoyed eating them.
Re the melon pictures: There also is a little leaf damage on the ‘climbing’ test melons planted in the spring about the same time as the squash . . . just in time for the bug season (and it’s hard to see this damage in the picture). However . . . the earth travelling melons, that I planted several weeks later, are lush and bug free. Here’s a picture of both melon beds . . . all the plants are actually doing pretty good.
Oh Boy ! I love it when ‘I think’ I may have discovered a simple insect cure; like adjusting a planting date. We have a long growing season in Las Vegas, so I can plant more now and also try planting a little later-on again next year.