Pumpkin Patch Predators

The evil squash bugs are creating havoc in our patch.  Well, that and the really rainy month of June, possibly.  I have lots of vines.  Not so many pumpkins, this year.  There have been lots of bees and butterflies around the flowers, but not a lot of the female (fruit attached) blossoms.  Not much I can do about that.  However, I am declaring war on the squash bugs (and eggs).  The wilted leaves in the top left photo are caused by their damage.  The bugs will destroy the vines and move on to gnaw holes into the fruit.Squash_Beetle_Collage

Their scientific name is Anasta nistis DeGeer.  Looks like A nasty nemesis in de Rear to me.  After some research, I have decided to treat with food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE), keeping it off the blooms as much as possible so it won’t harm the bees.

As always, watching the fruit develop is interesting!  Photos were taken after I did emergency treatment with DE.20th Diatomaceous_Earth 20th Mini_pumpkins 20th Striped_Gourd

A few decorative gourd vines are inter-twining with the zinnias, making for some spectacular blossoms and blooms.20th BlossomsWatching the butterflies is also relaxing.20th and butterflies

After the pumpkin patch, it was home to make peach pie.  Why do I feel like this post is sounding precariously like a Sesame Street episode?

Today’s episode was brought to you by the letter P.

20th Peach_pie

Thanks to Mom and Dale for the peaches.  Have a positively perfect day!


Here’s a link if you are looking for information regarding your own patch: Squash Bugs .



About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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17 Responses to Pumpkin Patch Predators

  1. Seeing pumpkins coming around makes me REALLY excited for Halloween!!! (Fall is my favorite!) 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    Great photos! Sorry about the bugs, but “can you tell me which of these things don’t go with the other?” Ha ha

  3. I do so enjoy your pictures and comments. Thank you.

  4. I am glad to see you liked my answer to your comment on my blog “Pumpkins week 3” about what we use to protect against those pesty bugs. I hope it is not to late for your pumpkins, “DE” works best if used when planting and before the plants begin to wilt and become invested with eggs. I do so hope it will help your crop. I am glad I could be of some help by sending you in hopefully the right direction.

  5. peach pie! yum. I could break out into song you know about the letter P.. c

  6. pattisj says:

    I remember how annoying those things were when we had squash. Your pie is lovely! The gourd bloom looks like an alien next to the zinnia. 🙂

  7. I had to google those little suckers. Horrible! I hope that DE works. Sesame St .. You are funny! Love that pic btw. Good luck with those bugs 😊

  8. I love the butterflies too 🙂 I have to stop whatever I’m doing and watch them until they are out of sight 🙂

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