squash bug

a dark-brown bug, Anasa tristis, that sucks the sap from the leaves of squash, pumpkin, and other plants of the gourd family.

1840–50, Americanism

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squash bug
any of various heteropterous insects of the family Coreidae, esp a North American species, Anasa tristis, which is a pest of squash, pumpkin, and related plants

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At present, the squash bug is the only known vector of this bacterial pathogen in cucurbits.
Because the squash bug prefers to hide near the plants, the use of mulch may increase squash bug populations.
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