Several weeks ago, we were intrigued by a most beautiful, large red bug that was flying around the vegetable garden. It had a line of black spots down its back and almost looked like a wasp in flight, although I was pretty certain it was something else entirely. I snapped a picture of it, meaning to identify it out of curiosity. I don’t think a day has gone by since then that we haven’t seen this insect, but somehow I never got around to looking it up.
Tonight I searched for the bug’s name, and now I’m preemptively mourning my zucchini plants. It is a squash vine borer. How did this guy know to find my garden? I’ve never seen this bug before in my life. And for at least 10 years (probably more – I don’t think our predecessor grew veggies), our yard has not seen a squash plant. Does it have an evil ability to sense the squash plant from great distances??
It doesn’t sound too easy to control, especially since I’m not keen on using chemicals. I guess I’ll be digging around the stems in the morning, looking for signs of a larvae I might try to cut out.
My only consolation is that I just remembered that I randomly came across the most ginormous, hairy spider living in a screw hole of a table in the boys’ playhouse. I spotted it because it was the size of a silver dollar (I swear. I never exaggerate.) and it was gnawing on a still living bug. The bug was squirming and trying to free itself, but it was clear that it was Lunch. That spider must have just pounced on it, because there was no web in sight. I ran to grab my camera because it was SO WILD, but by the time I got back outside, the spider had retreated to the screw hole. All that could be seen was it’s mouth and the writhing victim. I took a picture of what was visible and forgot about that photo as well. Until tonight. I think that bug being eaten alive may also have been a squash vine borer. If that’s the case, I feel a little bad about dousing the playhouse with gas and lighting it on fire to kill the spider.