I hadn't noticed any aphids at all this year until after I had planted my Cushaw winter squash. I noticed the ants were moving into one of the squash hills, so I sprinkled wood ashes and coffee grounds on each of the five hills. I started checking the plants morning and evening in hopes of keeping the squash bugs at bay that had killed off our yellow squash at the other end of the garden. That's when I noticed a few ants on the underside of the leaves. Then I realized that the beginning of an aphid infestation was occurring. I also discovered tiny, tiny little winged insects as well. From everything I've been able to read, I think these winged insects are the adult aphids, but I'm not sure. If you know what they are, please let us know.
|Here is a close-up of the ants pouring out of the ground.|
|So I put coffee grounds on them.|
|Here is an ant tending to the aphids. There is one above him by one of the leaf veins.|
|Here is that aphid, enlarged.|
|Tiny winged insects. Does anyone know what they are?|
|Here is one of them enlarged. I think it is an adult aphid, but I'm not sure.|
We really enjoy the Cushaw squash and hope to have a decent harvest. It looks like we will have plenty of competition from the squash bugs (I have squished a few each day), ants and aphids. I just hope we win the battle.
Until next time - Fern