Ask a Question forum: What are these bugs on my pumpkin?

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May 30, 2017 12:36 PM CST
We're pretty good about checking our plants everyday, and it seems like these appeared overnight! Lots of them at least 20 all over my pumpkin plant. Any idea what they are. I Googled tiny red and black beetle but nothing really seemed to look the same. They have a black head and red round body. I assume they are bad of course, so I guess I've got some work to do.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 30, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Yikes ! Sue 😮👺👺👺!!!
Looks like, i belive. Squash bugs.
Squish what you find. And spray. They transfer wilt that cant be cured. Also, on bottom right corner of your pic. I see powery white. Could be thrips or ? Bug spray will take care of them also.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 30, 2017 2:54 PM CST
They look like they may be "true bug" nymphs but there are several with similar coloration and I can't make out the details. Is there any chance of getting one onto white paper so as to get a sharper picture (so the camera focuses on the bugs rather than the leaf?

They are the wrong colour for squash bugs, Philip, they look like this:
May 30, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Thanks! I sprayed them and we actually just had some heavy rain, so I'll go take a look again tomorrow and see if I can get a better picture.

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