Subject: What is this??
Location: Flemington, NJ
August 26, 2012 5:58 pm
I hope you can help me. I have a veggie garden that’s an above ground box with cuccumbers, zucchini, cannalope, potatoes & celery grouped together. Towards the middle of July I developed a problem with powdery mildew on my zucchini plants and shortly after that I found these bugs. I think they are beetles, they are tiny, a little bigger than a tick and easy to squish. What are they and how do I kill them?
Signature: Mrs. Jessica Pante

Squash Bug Nymphs

Dear Mrs. Pante,
These are Squash Bug nymphs in the genus
Anasa, most likely Anasa tristis.  According to BugGuide:  “” This is the most injurious species of coreid in Florida Injects a toxic saliva into plants, causing wilting and blackening of leaves. Can also act as vector of cucurbit yellow vine disease, which kills plants.  Adults are winged.  We do not give extermination advice.

Location: New Jersey

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