Why Are Squash Plants Dying

Each year I am faced with the question, “Why Are Squash Plants Dying.” You would think that I would get it by now. I have picked off lots of squash bug eggs and captured lots of squash bug babies and adolescents. I just grab the whole leaf that they are on, cut the stem and cram them into a plastic bag before they can escape.

Not Noticing Why Are Squash Plants Dying

This year I thought that I had “caught” enough squash bug babies and adolescents and removed enough squash bug eggs.  But I have been busy, visiting family and being out of town.  I got back and looked at my garden and my squash patch is worse than it has ever been.  I should have paid more attention and looked for more eggs and removed them.

Shocked by the Amount of Squash Bugs

Why Are Squash Plants Dying Here is the AnswerAs I am looking over my garden I see a nightmare.  A squash leaf with a ton of little squash bugs on it–on the upper side of the leaf–like they are sunning themselves and relaxing because this gardener wasn’t paying attention!!  There were even more than in this picture.  They were scattered in different groups. Usually they are all hiding under the leaves.  The eggs are under the leaves and I always have to pick up the leaves and look underneath to find the culprits.  It was interesting because the minute I snapped the picture they started scurrying fast.  Running away to hide.  Here is more info on Squash Bugs.

I have written about this previously with more information on how to handle this problem:

You might want to read about the squash that I grow Tahitian Melon Winter Squash.  It is very prolific and easy to grow producing very large winter squash that work great in pumpkin pies and squash soup.  Last year I grew enough to last the whole winter stored in the basement.

Squash Bugs Eggs

Squash Bugs EggsAs much as these squash bugs are a problem I was admiring the beauty of their eggs.  They are very symmetrical and set out in an orderly fashion.  They look like little bronze gems reflecting the sun in a beautiful way.  The eggs are so pretty and the bugs are so ugly and destructive.  So no compassion when you find some eggs.  Get them out of your garden and protect your squash!