Subject: underside of zucchini leaves
Location: northeast ohio
July 22, 2014 4:18 pm
A friend who runs a small busy found these on the underside of a leaf. This was today, so high summer. We want to know what this is and whether they will damage the pants
These are eggs and newly hatched Squash Bugs, Anasa tristis, and there is on older, but still immature individual near the center of the group. You can compare your image to this excellent series of images on BugGuide. Squash Bugs will not damage your pants, but according to BugGuide: “the most injurious coreid in FL causes wilting and blackening of leaves; can transmit cucurbit yellow vine disease.” While they will not damage your pants, the are quite injurious to squash plants. As you can see from the BugGuide Data page, they are not limited in range to Florida.