I had given up on late plantings of summer squash due to pickle worms. Of course I usually planted around the first of August. This year some the vines ran over into the corn patch and a few matured there. Turned them down just before Labor day. Volunteers came up and with no care at all have developed squash. The pickle worms have gone back to Florida so they are pretty nice squash. So next late August/ early September guess what I am planting. These are volunteers (F2) of the cultivar Horn of Plenty.
You probably already have more information than you need. But pickle worms are a migratory pest in the south east and up the coast into the mid Atlantic region. They only overwinter in Florida and Texas so most of us can get a crop of cucurbits ahead of them. They arrive here around the first of July. They love cucumbers, yellow squash , cantaloupes and Cushaw pumpkins. Probably called pickle worms because they are so destructive of cucumbers. They have preferences. My white bush scallops escaped them entirely this year.
Not really; They arrived in July and finished off cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini and cantaloupes. I had never thought to try to slip in behind them. That may have been a fluke, but I am going to try late plantings next year just to test the theory.
but you know I will be thinking of that when I'm pickling later this summer...lol...burned in my brain. (ooo, but then, it could be a wicked trick to play on someone...pickle some banana slugs in with something)
hahaha...oh yuck...what a bad picture you have put in my mind...gross. I could just see my grandaughter...Look what Mema canned...hahaha. Twelve year olda are so fun to gross out. I have yet to grow a cuke here. I always get something eating them, you would think I would stop trying...but NOOOOOOOO. One day I will accidentally end up with some beautiful cukes and I will make some bread and butter pickles...yum.
Maybe I should plant some each month and make my chances a little better. What ever it is that gets them...come in and in a couple days all dead.