I'll just share a couple of pesky bugs you might find in your garden.
We all know that ladybugs are our friend. They eat those aphids by the hundreds to keep our crops safe. But among the lovely orange and black lovelies, there are a couple that devastate crops as well. The one above, the Squash Lady Beetle, can be defined by counting the black spots on their bodies. Squash beetles ALWAYS have 7 black spots on each half of their orangey/yellow bodies. If you see these, destroy or they'll destroy your crop in days.
The other, above, is the Mexican Bean Beetle. She has EIGHT distinct spots on each half of her body. She'll lay eggs on the underside of the leaves and the pesky creatures will hatch and as maturing, eat their way to adulthood. If you want to save your crops for harvest date, pick these off daily.
Being an organic grower, I don't use chemical sprays so I'm out in my small gardens every day, hunting and picking these off. If you find any eggs on the undersides of leaves, squash those as well.
I hope everyone is enjoying the fruits of their labors this year. Its still early days in the north for us gardeners, but the crops are growing and will soon fill our tables.