squash bug


Definition of squash bug 

: a large black American bug (Anasa tristis of the family Coreidae) injurious to plants of the gourd family

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Special squashes such as Potimarron or Honey Roaster succumb early to the toxic bite of squash bug nymphs in my garden. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider all insect control measures carefully as earwigs, squash bugs move in," 22 June 2018 Pale to brown blotches on leaves are the work of squash bugs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Loads Of Delicious Zucchini–The Most Versatile Garden Veggie Ever," 12 June 2017 Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar. Fortune, "Why Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make," 21 June 2018 For instance, in her garden, Zaklan struggles with difficult-to-control squash bugs. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018 Topics will include planting, side dressing, companion planting, and how to inspect for squash bug and codling moths. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 15 May 2018 For squash bugs, plant mint, chives, garlic, onion, tansy, radishes, nasturtiums, marigolds and bee balm near and among vines of winter and summer squash. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018 The squash bugs will gather under these at night and can be collected and destroyed in the morning. Melinda Myers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Start early to prevent or minimize squash bugs," 23 Feb. 2018 Apparently, squash bugs are deterred by the odor of these plants. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of squash bug

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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