1 month ago
#didyouknow - contrary to what they look like, these are not simply green ladybugs. These are cucumber beetles and you do not want them in your vegetable garden! While cucumber beetle larvae feed on cucurbit roots, adult feeding is more damaging to the crop. Adults feed on leaves and can stunt plant growth. Look for holes and yellowing and wilting leaves. Feeding on flowers can reduce fruit production, and direct feeding on fruits causes unattractive scars and pock marks on the fruit, too. Often, the cucumber beetles alone will not kill the plants or cause major damage, but the spread of disease will. Feeding by adult cucumber beetles can spread bacterial wilt disease among cucurbit plants, even when population density is low. Adult cucumber beetles overwinter in weeds, garden debris, and woody areas. The diseases they carry can also overwinter internally, and can be passed onto plants the next spring through fecal matter. . . . Weekly photo challenge: INSECT. . . Post a photo of an insect on your feed and tag with #dy_challenge by the end of the day on Monday to be considered for a feature on our page on Tuesday. No prizes, just honest recognition for a fun response to our photo challenge. You do not need to be a professional photographer or use anything but your phone to participate. I just love seeing how people interpret a prompt. . . . #photochallenge #insect #photo #challenge #dy_challenge #rsgcommunity #bugsofinstagram #insectsofinstagram #cucumberbeetle #notaladybug #macro #macrophotography #macrophoto #macros #photography #photoshoot #photographer #photooftheday #photograph #photos #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #naturelover . . . To purchase print or digital versions of any photo you see on this account, please send me a DM.