Squash Bug

Subject: Found this on my Nectarine Tree
Location: Dana Point CA 92629
April 17, 2016 12:10 pm
Thanks for this service.
I only found one of these bugs. There are some leaves that look chewed. I wasn’t sure if this is a good insect or bad, so I’m keeping it until I find out.
I do not use pesticides and this year it seems like I have less bad bugs plenty of bees and lady bugs.
Signature: Thanks again Kurt Wyman

Squash Bug
Squash Bug

Dear Kurt,
Based on this BugGuide image, your insect looks like a Squash Bug,
Anasa tristis, and it has nothing to do with chewed leaves.  Squash Bugs have mouths designed to pierce the surfaces of plants so they can suck fluids.  According to BugGuide, they feed on “various cucurbits (members of the squash family), prefers pumpkin and squash.”  Do you have any nearby squash plants?

Thanks for the quick response.
I do in fact have some young squash plants.  I actually am not sure if it is a pumpkin or or maybe spaghetti squash, they are volunteers who’s seeds I find in my worm castings.
Thanks again,

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