Insect pests of cucurbit vegetables
Cucurbits include watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, bitter melons, gourds, and hairy melons. Cucurbits are warm weather crops which are sown, grown and harvested over spring, summer and autumn. Insect pests can do damage wherever cucurbits are grown. Some insect pests are specific to cucurbits, but most are pests of other crops as well. None of the following pests need routine control measures, but they do need to be regularly monitored and treated when the pest becomes a problem.