- squash bug or assassin bug? Or something else? Lots of pictures inside.
A few days ago, I noticed this large squash bug
near my watermelon for the first time, and I squashed it (haha, no pun intended). Then yesterday, I noticed several of these little nymphs
, immediately assumed they were baby squash bugs, and sprayed them with insecticidal soap blends. Those sprays did not seem to kill a single one, despite that I sprayed the bugs directly. Here is closeup#1
of the nymphs.
Then I thought, maybe they're actually assassin bug nymphs? I've been checking the undersides of the watermelon leaves and have seen nothing resembling squash bug eggs. They closely resemble this picture
and this picture
I found through a Google search of Assassin bug nymphs.
By contrast, these squash bug nymphs
don't seem to look anything like the bugs on my watermelon.
I wonder though, because I only saw this assassin bug
once, briefly, a few weeks ago, about 12 feet away on my tomatoes! If it laid eggs, doesn't that mean it established a home? Wouldn't I see it more often? I inspect my garden every day, and often at night with a flashlight.
At this point, I am pretty sure they're assassin bug nymphs... But what the heck, I'll post this anyway. I'm not totally sure, because a few days ago, this baby watermelon
fell off the stem, the underside of it chewed up (as if it had been bored into by something). If those nymphs are not responsible then something is (any ideas?).
Also, bonus points to anyone with advice on how to control these little stinkers
(stink bugs) on my tomato. Repeated garlic/insecticidal/cayenne/pyrethrum sprays haven't seemed to do much, or at least not that I noticed.
Note: I am in Central Florida (Southeast US for those who don't know)... a very humid, hot climate, though not like Miami.