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Black beetles destroying crookneck squash

Posted by veggiepirate Knoxville (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 14, 08 at 21:42

All of my crookneck squash plants have recently died after producing just a few squash. At first I thought it was the Squash Vine Borer, but upon further inspection, it appears that there are tiny black beetles (less than 1/4 in. long) that are boring through my squash vines. It almost looked like termite damage when I tore open the dead vines. I believe the same thing happened to my zucchini plants, they also died very quickly. I don't think it's the squash bug as I have already researched it. Does anyone have any idea what this pest is or might be?

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RE: Black beetles destroying crookneck squash

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 17, 08 at 14:57

Probably not...but could it be Black Flea Beetles? I think they usually attack other stuff, but they do look like you describe.

RE: Black beetles destroying crookneck squash

That is what someone on another forum suggested also. I had never heard of them, but I think that might be what it is after looking them up. Thanks for the suggestion!

RE: Black beetles destroying crookneck squash

Thanks for bringing this up. We live in Maryville and have had the same problems with our squash and zucchini. It was a mystery to us. My husband put some insect dust and all but one of our plants came back and have started to produce.

RE: Black beetles destroying crookneck squash

I just found these this morning after losing three plants almost overnight, small black beetles boring into the vines. I will try soapy spray, they are definitely not the flea beetle, much larger. About 1/4" long.

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