That is a cucumber beetle and they can do a lot of damage. I found them in the garden this morning and took immediate action.
Cucumber beetles are found on squash, pumpkins, and melons and feed on the plant’s leaves, vines and fruits. One organic approach is to trap them and this morning I made a trap that mimics the blossom of squash.
Here’s what I did. I used a yellow plastic cup, a garden stake, and a container of Tanglefoot, a very sticky substance used to trap insects.
I cut a hole in the cup and pushed the stake through. Then I used a brush to coat the exterior and interior of the cup with Tanglefoot.
I placed the trap in the bed where I saw the most cucumber beetles and within minutes trapped one. Now I will monitor the trap and see what we catch. Let’s hope this is enough to keep the beetles at bay.
If you want to make one of these for your plot in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, let me know. I have everything you need.
UPDATE: Eleven cucumbers beetles were trapped the first day.
July 8 – Over 100 cucumber beetles were trapped in one plot with these cups.