Thursday, June 14, 2007

Squash vine borers

Damn bugs! I love them and hate them. I have been struggling for several weeks to figure out why my yellow squash have been wilting and the leaves have been dying and 2 days ago it hit me: SQUASH VINE BORERS! Arg. I went out there and cut open the vine of my largest yellow squash plant and of course there were several of these gross buggers in the vine, happily killing my beautiful sqash.

Of course, I freaked out and killed the bugs and then pulled all the yellow squash up that were infested and killed those bugs and in the process killed my plants. I was pretty sad and pissed and arg! Anyway, I can replant, my season is super long here, so hopefully everything will work out ok.

Also, here's a pic of the adult vine borer moth (it doesn't look like a moth to me, but that's what the entomologists say it is.


Jo said...

very ugly bug!!!!!!!!!!!!!

billie said...

I heard that you can stick a needle into the vine a few times where you think the borer is and it will not only kill the bug, it will turn them into food for your squash.

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