Friday, July 23, 2010
Cucumber Beetle on My Beans?
I didn't know what this little yellow insect was when I made Keith hold still so I could snap a picture, but thanks to Google image search, I have now identified it as a cucumber beetle. A spotted cucumber beetle, to be exact.
According to the experts, cucumber beetles got their name from their tendency to be found on cucurbit leaves and flowers. The last time I checked, green beans were not part of the cucurbit family. So what was this bug doing on my bean flower? I suppose it's possible that it was just enjoying a rest stop en route to cucurbitsville - I do have cucumbers and squash in my garden - but it was crawling around the bean flowers for a while and it didn't look like it had any plans to leave the bean area anytime soon.
Could cucumber beetles have done this to my bean plants, or is this masterpiece a courtesy of some other unsavory garden pest? Do any of you readers know if cucumber beetles are exclusive to cucurbits, or if they sometimes venture out to other plants like beans?
Oh, and in case anyone's wondering, I made sure to get rid of this particular cucumber beetle by relocating it to the concrete patio and stepping on it mercilessly. I know you can get the job done easier by simply dropping the bug in soapy water, but it was more satisfying this way. Much more.