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    lmd80
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    Hi I have an army of beetles that are similar to a lady beetle attacking mostly my cucumbers! It is more of a yellow with evenly spread dots! It seems to lay a bunch of eggs and a furry like yellow/green thing? It is destroying my cucumber plant and has attacked a few others. I have started squashing them. Anyone know what it is?

    #531697
    porgey
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    Without a pic its hard to say for sure but there are some lady beetles that do eat plants and are therefore a “pest”. If you can catch one and count the dots and possibly post a pic that would be handy.

    Does your cucumber have powdery mildew or any other fungi?

    Whilst most gardeners consider any leaf chewing insect a pest I dont as it reveals a clue to a possible in-balance in your garden which you can rectify as well food for beneficial insects.

    #531698
    Bel
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    Hi lmd80. I found this page on the net. Could it be these guys?

    http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_ladybirds/Epilachninae.html

    Hmm, can’t find the button for adding websites, but you should be able to cut and paste it into your web browser.

    #531699
    Patsy133
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    Sounds like 28 spotted lady bug this is the plant eating ladybug – they love cucurbits – they are slightly larger than other lady bugs and have a yellowish immature form. The other bug that likes cucurbits is the spotted pumpkin beetle – these are longer and thinner than lady bugs and come in both plain orange and black spots their immature form lives in the roots and lower parts of the vine.

    I control them by hand picking both adults and their offspring (ladybugs) – just make sure that good lady bug babies are not picked up by mistake. If you don’t like squishing by hand a wide bowl (I use and old ice cream container) with a small amount of water and a squeeze of washing up detergent will do the job – I brush the offending insects into the water.

    #531700
    lmd80
    Member

    Yes this is them! Which one exactly I’m not sure? Will take a pic on my days off. They have destroyed a cucumber plant that was producing well 🙁 Do you know what this means in terms of what might be wrong? I will co tinge squashing and start reading up. I left them when there were only a few thinking they were good.

    #531701
    lmd80
    Member

    In preparation for this spring, what is the best way to avoid the powdery issue and the bug?

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