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Cross, this is what they hatch out as.
I wish my brain could forget what my eyes have seen.
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Cross-7 wrote:The white is seven dust
I thought it was squash bugs eating up plants but seven hasn’t had any effect.
Then I noticed the clusters in the underneath of the leaves.
Whatever it is it’s killing the plants
7 dust or liquid is crap these days it just fattens them up more.
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Those are the nymph stage of the squash bug. Not the vine borer but just called a squash bug. They mature a bit and look a little like the stink bugs. They have a sharp mouthpiece and suck the juice out of the squash leaves, eat them a little too, and inject some kind of a "poison" that kills off the leaf. Supposedly there is only 1 generation per year. You are supposed to make sure you clean up/burn all left over garden residue as they overwinter in mulch and plant waste. I have found the best thing for the garden is to let the chickens have the run of it in the fall/winter and they will scratch up and eat most all the bugs/larvae etc.. I think that scraping the eggs into a cup of water with some dish soap will take care of them...might be able to shake the leaf into a large bucket of soapy water... don't know about any poisons.