What are these spidery things? I noticed them because it looked like there was a ball of hair under this leaf.What are these spidery things? I noticed them because it looked like there was a ball of hair under this leaf.
Kill the squash vine borer!Kill the squash vine borer!
  • What are these spidery things? I noticed them because it looked like there was a ball of hair under this leaf.
  • Kill the squash vine borer!

Okay gardening friends, I need your help. I have found the creatures in the photo above on several of my plants: peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes. I don’t recognize these critters and haven’t been able to identify them. I also so far have not been able to tell if they are good bugs or bad bugs. (“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?“) I haven’t noticed any particular damage, although, not knowing what they are I don’t really know what to look for.

So gardening connoisseurs, what is this creature that seems to have made my plants its new home?

And P.S. – I was digging up some potatoes and coincidentally pulled up one of the squash vine borer buggers that ate the guts out of my zucchini plant (and yellow squash, but more on that later). It was squiggly and icky. After we examined it and poked at it for a while, it met its end. Goodbye, squash vine borer.

4 Responses to “Name that bug”

  1. Alisa
    1 September 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Those look like one of the many many types of squash bug nymph. Those are their eggs that they are hatching from.

    Their feeding preference is squash/melons. They suck on the juices of plant stems, leaves and fruits, leaving gaping wounds that eventually destroys the area they feed from.

  2. CoMo Homestead
    1 September 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks, Alisa! I had seen squash bugs around but didn’t know what they looked like as nymphs. Of course, as soon as I searched for it I found this great resource: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/M1208.html

    Thanks for solving the mystery!

  3. angela
    15 February 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Just curious if you found a good solution to your squash bugs last year or have any ideas for prevention? We had them in abundance last year. I eventually found Neem to be quite helpful, but unfortunately, not before they’d taken out all of our squash and cucumbers.

  4. CoMo Homestead
    23 February 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Prevention = destroying the eggs when you see them! That was mistake #1.

    I talked to an organic farmer about it, and they were dealing with a similar problem. Catching it early is huge, but after that I think they primarily hand pick and kill, which is not very much fun and definitely time consuming.

    I haven’t looked into it too much, but thanks for the heads up on Neem! I may have to pursue that more this season.