Common Plant Insects – 6 to Watch For

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One of most destructive things you can find in your garden are insects. There are good garden insects and bad ones. Today we are going to talk about some common plant insects that you should look for. We will talk about what their name is, what they look like, what they eat and signs that you have a problem.

6 Common Plant Insects in Massachusetts

Pest NameHow It LooksWhat It Goes AfterSigns It’s in the Garden
Tomato HornwormGreen and whiteEggplants Peppers Potatoes TomatoesLeaves chewed at plant top
Imported cabbagewormWhite butterfly early in summer Small green caterpillar with light yellow marketingBroccoli Cauliflower Cabbage Celery Parsley KalePlants’ leaves have holes
Cucumber beetleLong & yellow with 3 black stripes Long & green/yellow with 12 black spotsCucumber Muskmelons Pumpkins Squash WatermelonsWilted plants’ leaves have holes    
Mexican brown beetleRoundish, brown bottles with black spots.   Larva are oval, spiny and bright yellowBeansBean leaves are chewed
Squash bugAdults have the shape of stink bugs   Nymphs are teardrop-shaped and light greyWinter squash Pumpkins Summer squashLeaves or fruit contain yellow spots.   Wilted vines however stem looks sound
Squash vine borerMoth with grey or black body with orange-red on head, legs and abdomenWinter squash Summer squash pumpkinsLarge holes close to stem with yellow-green frass.   Plants also could be withered.

We hope you found this post about common plant insects in your garden to be interesting and informative. We offer plant healthcare and pest management services. Contact us to find out more.

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