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Lalita711
Jun 4, 2017 10:49 AM CST
Hi,

I just noticed these mysterious tiny black eggs on my squash plants leaves and on the wood chips/twigs around my squash plants. Does anyone know what bug laid these eggs and how to get rid of the eggs and the bugs for good?
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plantladylin
Jun 4, 2017 12:04 PM CST
I see what appears to be Leaf Miner tracts on that leaf so the black things may be the excrement of whatever moth/wasp/fly has attacked your squash plant.

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sooby
Jun 4, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Welcome!

My guess is that it could be a slime mold, check out these images:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

I think there's too much to be frass from a single leafminer and they typically poop inside the mine anyway. Also it wouldn't be "going" on the non-edible mulch to that extent.

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