|Squash bug eggs|
|Yellow squash, zephyr variety|
Squash bugs drink squash juice, which can be found inside squash plant leaves, stems and fruits. They are voracious, and they can suck out so much squash sap that the leaves can wilt and smaller plants can just wither and die. More commonly, they damage plants by walking through diseased portions of the plants and treading spores to other parts of the plant. They also make little specks on zucchinis, acorn squash and other squashes, which reduces their retail value if not their food value. In addition, they creep out their squash farmers.
|Yes, there is a squash bug in the center of the picture|
Younger squash bugs are easier to find. After they hatch, they hang out under squash leaves and gradually spread out over a few days. I was 'lucky' enough to find this cluster of squash bug nymphs and get a picture before they scattered. They are slower than adults, so they scatter slowly. If you find a bunch of squash bug nymphs, you can brush them onto the ground and stomp them, or brush them into soapy water.
|A billion little squash bug nymphs.|