What are the this little devils

travis77July 17, 2014

So they kill my weekend pumpkin plant. These little devils were in the ground and in the stem of the plant. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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travis77

Closer view

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 1:54PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Perhaps squash vine borers?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 1:58PM
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travis77

That's what I was looking at but they are really small like maybe 1/4 in or smaller. And there were a crazy amount of them in the plant and in the ground. They are in the dirt as well.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 2:16PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

My first guess would be squash vine borers because that usually is what you'd find. Based on your description, it may be you found them at the very young, tiny stage. I've never seen them that small.

So, I asked myself what else might tunnel in a cucurbit plant and all I can think of is pickleworms. Maybe that's what you have. I'm linking a document that has a paragraph about pickleworms. This is just a long-shot guess because I've never had pickleworms in my garden so I've only seen them in photos.

Let us know if you think it might be pickleworms after you read the info and compare it to what you've found.

George (Macmex) may have other ideas too. He has grow a lot of squash in various places and maybe he has seen these before.

Dawn

Here is a link that might be useful: Squash Pests

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 2:43PM
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travis77

Thanks for the link but I don't think its picklesworms because they are more white and the plant had no fruit on it. Here's a closer shot of what it looks like.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:49AM
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slowpoke_gardener

the last picture looks like a termite to me, but I don't know why it would be in a plant. I could see them being in the soil if you had a lot of wood chips as mulch.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:10PM
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AmyinOwasso/zone 6b(6b)

It looks like a termite to me too. I have been googling them, mixed info on whether or not they eat plants, but some people say they eat woody plants, specifically mentioning peppers. Some days I just shudder in horror at what is in the garden. Our first house had termites, I would freak if I found them in the garden.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 3:31PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

It looks like a termite to me too and at times they have been known to eat plants. A former member of the Oklahoma Forum named Courtney had termites eating her sedum plants a few years back. Courtney moved away a few years ago and I doubt she ever visits this forum, so we can't ask her how she dealt with them at the time....and I don't remember what she did.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 4:14PM
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oldgardenguy_zone6

It's a termite they like any thing woody and damp

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 9:04AM
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Auther

They like turnips. I had some eating on some of my turnips, not the greens but the turnips.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:52PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Lol, I guess turnips are mostly wood, after all...

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 12:36PM
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