|Squash leaves with squash bug egg clusters. If the light is just right you can see them through the leaf.|
|egg cluster on squash leaf|
|side view of eggs|
|through the microscope-20x magnification|
|a good squash bug-notice the long beak for piercing and sucking the plant juices|
|Heres a top view of the recently deceased squash bug. They are a dark copper color.|
Here is my next favorite farm pest. This an invader from the warm temperate and tropical areas of southern Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is Tribulus terrrestris, the goat head weed. If you have ever stepped on one in your bare feet or had a bike tire flattened by one of these little devils you will know why I hate them. I first made their acquaintance in Arizona. I also ran into them in Colorado and California. They grow anywhere where the ground is bare and fully sunny. It is a flat lying weed and is a serious pest. The only cure other than picking each plant is to use an herbicide such as 2,4,D. I will never use Round Up or any other Monsanto product. They can go to HELL! I hate big companies who think they can bully anyone to fatten their own coffers. Bastards.
Here is a few pics of the nasty little weeds.
|the whole plant|
|leaves flowers and fruit|
|side view of the fruit|
|if you look at just one of the five fruits you will see why it is called "goats head"|
|heres a close up shot|