As was the case last year, I’m spending a disproportionate portion of my time looking through squash leaves and squashing squash bugs and their eggs.
So far we’ve lost the zucchini plants. I’m currently defending the crookneck and butternut squash plants. Individuals of both species remain vigorous, though I suspect I’ll need to increase our fertilization and watering frequencies.
On the plus side, the squash flower blooms are spectacular each morning, allowing me to photograph a variety of pest and pollinator species.
Last year I posted several entries regarding our battle [see “Our war against squash bugs (Anasa tristis) begins” and “Squash harvest yields a few squash bugs (Anasa tristis)”]. Between those image and the one captured today I now have a pretty broad array of squash bug life stage images. Enjoy!