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squash bug,

name for a true bugbug,
common name correctly applied to insects belonging to the order Hemiptera, although members of the order Homoptera (e.g., mealybug) are sometimes referred to as bugs, as are other insects in general.
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, Anasa tristis, found throughout the United States and S Canada. It damages squash, pumpkin, and related plants by sucking the juices from leaves and stems. The adult is dark brown and measures about 2-3 in. (16 mm) long. The eggs are laid in the late spring and hatch in two weeks. The green larvae, or nymphs, soon turn brown or gray. Birds feed on both nymphs and adults, but the most effective natural enemy is the larva of a tachinid flytachinid fly
, common name for any of the flies of the family Tachinidae, which parasitize caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, and other insects. Tachinid flies are generally small (about the size of houseflies), often bristly, and sometimes brilliantly colored.
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, which develops within the body of an adult or larval squash bug, feeding on and eventually killing the host. The squash bug is classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Hemiptera, and family Coreidae.
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Once warmed by spring's arrival, cucumber beetles and squash bugs are soon on the move.
In field studies with melon, the squash lured more than 66 percent of cucumber beetles and 90 percent of squash bugs.
Last year, for example, I didn't even try to grow summer squash early on--I just ceded that part of the season to my rival, the squash bug.
Wayadande is using the monitor to study how squash bugs transmit Serratia marcescens, the bacterium that causes cucurbit yellow vine disease, to watermelon and other cucurbits.
Squash bugs are much larger than leafhoppers, so before Backus and Bennett's monitor came along, Wayadande says she probably would have had to use two different monitors to effectively monitor the two insects.
The flies are too small to kill stinkbugs or squash bugs on their own.
Supposedly, squash bugs are attracted to the smell of "bitter," so anything that smells "sweet" could misdirect them.
The few squash bugs that arrive in my garden before then sort of wander around trying to find a suitable plant for egg laying, but nothing else really works out for them.
Nasturtium: deters wooly aphids, whiteflies, squash bugs, cucumber beetles (edible for humans)
Squash bugs suck sap from leaves and stems, dehydrating the plant.