This is just insulting. It’s like a perfect little six-inch-high human came and took a bite out of a developing cucumber. What is that about?
I’ve left the bitten-up vegetable on the vine, hoping that perhaps it will draw the pest away from the other cukes-in-progress. I understand that this is wishful thinking, that if the animal in question had wanted the whole cucumber, they could have easily taken it the first time, but they didn’t, and so maybe they will now, and this is my first garden, and I refuse to be taken in by your “standard garden logic.” That’s so old-school.
The growing cucumbers are becoming all the more valuable because of the war I’ve discovered I’m in with the cucumber beetles. A few weeks back, I took a picture of a bug I thought was cool. Well, a little Internet research proves the truth: not cool. Not cool at all.
I saw this guy’s cousin yesterday morning. The other cucumber beetle had a lovely polka dot pattern rather than stripes, but the coloring was the same, and the dotted beetle was also on the cucumber plant.
At least now I know why this is happening to the cucumber leaves:
It’s become a race against time: will the plant outlive the pests or will the pests kill it before it stops producing? And will the biter strike again?