Bet that face full of juicy berry was something to see! Cucumber beetles are difficult to control. PHI is 7 days for summer squash and 14 days for winter squash, cucumber, melons, and pumpkins. Damaging populations of cucumber beetles are usually treated with insecticides. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (click here ), eating just 10 berries can cause headache, abdominal pain, and severe diarrhea...so don't eat Pokeweed berries any time soon! Wolf spiders are venomous, but they usually just cause some redness and swelling when they bite you. This amount of spray will cover about 400 square feet (40 sq. Maybe he thinks he is imbibing in poke-berry wine. COMMENTS: Use to control adults; repeat as necessary to maintain control. That beetle was very busy.... Love your macros of him and that berry...Hugs,Betsy. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Hairy Woodpecker! love the photos of this pokey guy. Striped cucumber beetles and spotted cucumber beetles are pests in Minnesota; Both species can be found on cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, melons, etc.). A new kind of birding book! COMMENTS: To avoid plant injury, do not apply when foliage is wet or when rain or excessive humidity is expected during the 2 days after application. My photo is not anywhere close to being as good as yours (you are on a totally different level than just about anybody that blogs). View cucumber beetle field key (PDF) The western spotted and striped cucumber beetle occurs throughout California. m) of plants. Adults lay eggs on the soil near the base of weeds and crops. Staff-only pages They are served in many restaurants, too. Spotted cucumber beetles cause damage to crops in the larval and adult stages of their life cycle. Cucumber beetles overwinter as adults and become active in early spring. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Purina Just Launched Pet Food Made of Fly Larvae, Botched Art Restoration in Spain Renders Smiling Statue Unrecognizable, Only One Factory in North America Still Makes Washboards, and They Are Flying Off of Shelves, New A.I. ...thanks, Gillian! Plant a buttercup or Blue Hubbard squash near the edge of the crop. Remove them when your plants start to flower so that pollinators can visit the blooms and pollinate your plants. Contact UC IPM, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, © 2017 Regents of the University of California These are YOUNG leaves, but Lord knows literally hundreds of thousands of folks—young, old, firm and infirm—gather bags of 'em, and prepare and eat them regularly, me included. Cucumber beetles like moisture and dislike heat; consequently, melon fields are especially attractive in hot weather during and after an irrigation. Once high numbers are found in trees such an application will no longer be effective, and a foliar spray, which may cause increased spider mite numbers, is necessary. Do not apply immediately before harvest. Can be applied as a spray or dust. Spotted cucumber beetle (Southern corn rootworm) eats roots of beans and corn as well as cucurbits. COMMENTS: Use is not generally recommended on perennial crops in the San Joaquin Valley because high label rates can cause outbreaks of secondary pests. Damage. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. All contents copyright © 2017 The striped cucumber beetle occurs primarily in southern California. wow, that is so amazing to see through your photographs. You can also treat the trap plant with insecticides to help rid your garden of the beetles. Nearby cornfields can be a source of late season infestations. They complete their development in the soil. Other plants you can try include radish, buckwheat, and sweet clover. If cucumber beetles have caused damage in the past, traps can be used to monitor activity. It's also good for other pests, such as grasshoppers, squash bugs, and other beetles so consider applying it to other plants. © 2017 Regents of the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Because spotted cucumber beetle larvae also feed on corn, avoiding planting cucurbits next to corn may help. It was interesting how he'd eat a bit and then go work it off...and then come back to the berry.