Well, there may be fatalities, but definitely one already. Sorry, no pics. I didn’t have the camera on me last night when I discovered the invader: a squash vine borer. The bugger claimed a yellow crook neck squash and may yet claim a spaghetti squash. I’ve buried the vines of the spaghetti squash to see if they’ll re-root and rebound.
Interestingly, there’s little in the way of dealing with these bugs. Once you see them, it’s usually too late. One source mentioned planting a sacrificial crop of hubbard squash. Other techniques seem to be burying the growing vine a defined points to create multiple root points; wrapping the stem in something that will prevent the bugs from establishing. There also seems to be companion plantings that will work. It’s interesting: this is the only bed I didn’t companion plant. I have nasturtium spread throughout my other bed and have had only minimal issues with the other squash bugs. So, a lesson learned. Must companion plant!
Solo Deo Gloria,