My poor little squashies! Mystery solved?
I'm beginning to think that it is NOT squash bugs tearing up my little plants!
1. - The insecticide soap did not seem to have any effect. Two or three hours later, I would see the little tiny black spots again on the leaves, stems and flowers.
2. - I never saw anything that looked like the bugs on the internet.
BUT. I came across a picture and article last night that may be the answer.
The topic was about old wood boards nearby that may be starting to rot, and become hosts to bacteria, spores, etc. The pictures they showed looked EXACTLY like the little spots on my squash plants!
And, I've been using old wood boards nearby to keep the plants up off the dirt! So, this morning, I got rid of the boards, and made little platforms out of chicken wire, and put these under the squash stems.
Please keep your fingers crossed, and I'll provide follow-up pictures.
Here is a link that might be useful: photos 11 through 16