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Post  sanderson Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:39 pm

They are on my pepper plants and I have to manually dispatch them.  I'm sorry about the quality of the photos.
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Post  batmap Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:57 pm

An in-focus image showing the top view may help, but based on image #3 (yellow body with black highlights)...

1. Potato Beetle - my first guess
2. Pepper Weevil - possible but the color does not match; plus the snout is missing
3. Sugarcane Root Borer Weevil or Orange Root Weevil - yellow and possible pattern match; size and shape also are close match


If none of the above is your pest, maybe try an image search (pepper pest yellow beetle/weevil) for your bug.
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Post  sanderson Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:04 pm

Thanks for responding.  I'll try these for California.
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Post  sanderson Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:57 pm

Here's another photo of the pest.  Under a loupe, I could see a short snout, and brown, barely visible stripes.  I wish I had a super camera.
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Post  camprn Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:22 pm

I vote for a type of weevil. Did you check bugguide.net for your area?

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Post  sanderson Mon May 04, 2015 2:40 pm

There is something new each year!  This is the one for 2015 (I hope it's the only one! ) Shocked They kind of move fast for an insect and I have a hard time taking closeups. Thanks. Help ID pest Pest_z10

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Post  kauairosina Mon May 04, 2015 6:39 pm

I believe we have these.  I'll ask my grandson (Collin) to look at these pictures.
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Post  sanderson Mon May 04, 2015 7:36 pm

Here is a better photo: They almost look Photo shopped!! Help ID pest Pest_z11

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Post  camprn Mon May 04, 2015 9:57 pm

Squash bug or assassin bug nymphs. check bugguide.net.
The one on the PVC looks like a weevil.

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Post  sanderson Tue May 05, 2015 1:24 am

Thanks, I looked a many photos of both squash and assassin bug nymphs. I'm leaning towards assassin bug at this point. Bad thing is that what every they are, they are on my squash plants!

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Post  sanderson Fri May 29, 2015 4:26 am

Here are the adults, now.  Good guys or bad guys? I have looked at photos of both assassin bug and squash bug but still don't know. They are really iPhone shy, and you wouldn't believe the number of photos I had to trash.  There are thick areas on the hind legs, and triangles on the thorax. Help ID pest Insect11
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Post  sanderson Fri May 29, 2015 4:45 am

Western leaf-footed bug?? Doesn't that mean it is a squash bug = bad bug? Shocked

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Post  AtlantaMarie Fri May 29, 2015 8:52 am

Looks like a squash bug to me!  They almost look like a shield?

It's not an assassin bug - those are quite thin.
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Post  camprn Fri May 29, 2015 9:14 am

I thought there were no squash bugs in the west of the continent.

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Post  sanderson Fri May 29, 2015 12:38 pm

Related to the squash bug. Found in the West, sweeping along the southern border states. Guess I'm getting a hand vacuum today. At least they like to hang together. I'm tired reading about them. Time to get rid of them.

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Post  boffer Fri May 29, 2015 3:26 pm

camprn wrote:I thought there were no squash bugs in the west of the continent.

No SVB's here.
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Post  sanderson Fri May 29, 2015 4:18 pm

Boffer, That's what I thought.  That's why this pest, Western leaf-footed bug was such a mystery to me. The nymphs were on a summer squash. Then I found adults on tomatoes. NOooo, not my precious tomatoes.

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Post  CapeCoddess Fri May 29, 2015 4:19 pm

The dreaded SVB is different from the dreaded squash bug. If I understand buffer correctly, you guys get squash bugs but not SVB...?

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Post  boffer Fri May 29, 2015 4:27 pm

If you mean me Wink  and this is the squash bug you're referring to..

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then yes, no SVB's, but I see an occasional squash bug.  So far, knocking on head, I haven't had any problems with the squash bugs.
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Post  sanderson Fri May 29, 2015 4:29 pm

Neither, that I know of.

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Post  sanderson Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:01 pm

Some kind of scale on Rattlesnake beans?
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Post  Scorpio Rising Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:17 pm

Are they bugs? Or some condition/disease?
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Post  sanderson Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:34 am

I'm sure they are insects.

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Post  camprn Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:29 am

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Post  sanderson Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:04 am

Thanks. That was the only thing that seem to fit.

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