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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:44 am 
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:?: I need help to identify this insect. Found on my squash plants. Would like to know if I should leave them alone or to kill them, organically of course.


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:47 pm 
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It is a leaf-footed bug nymph, and it is definitely a foe.
You can use properly diluted orange oil to kill them, and you can -- and should -- crush them (adults and nymphs) whenever you find them.

Here is more info: http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg65.html

There are hundreds of different kinds of leaf-footed bugs, but all are leaf chewers.

One note, get familiar with your predatory bugs: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/NE/assassin_bugs.html

as the nymphs of assassin bugs have somewhat the same body shape (but different coloring) as the leaf-footed bugs.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 7:03 am 
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There's also an organic spray called Spinosad. It only kills what chews on the leaves so it will not harm beneficials or bees.

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 8:01 am 
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:D Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate your knowledge and especially the generous sharing of it. Again thanks a bunch.


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