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I've never seen such a thing and it isn't clear to me what it is. However, it certainly is a bug if it moves. Sucking insects like aphids and scale would be on the leaves or petioles where they can tap into the little tubes (phloem) that transport the sugars from photosynthesis away from the leaves. This thing is on a woody stem and probably not a sucking ...


You don't want hay. Hay is food for animals and includes all the seeds. If you use that as a cover, the seeds from the hay will propagate and you'll actually be seeding the grass. You should use straw instead.


Yes and no. The idea of an insect hotel is to provide shelter (overwintering!) and places to lay their eggs for beneficial insects. Different species have different requirements, but while for overwintering many types of cavities are an option, wild bees and wasps typically need some kind of tube for laying their eggs, sometimes dug in dirt (mimicked by ...


I think it is a grasshopper, one of the many species. You see clearly the long leg, used to jump. Grasshoppers eat vegetables, but it seems a too high damage for such small grasshopper. Maybe there are much more (and also bigger/adults). Or the large damages are done by other bugs. Birds like to eat them (but if these are the vegetarian one, which like to ...


I tried to find out what this was because I thought I saw something similar yesterday in my yard but after looking at pictures what I had wasn't this but I found mine. Your looks like Poecilocapsus lineatus aka a Fourlined Plant Bug. It does eat plant leaves so it's possible it is eating your squash plant. You can find more info at

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