I am growing 6 Zuchinni plants in raised beds. They were flowering...
I am growing 6 Zuchinni plants in raised beds. They were flowering wonderfully, looking beautiful. All of a sudden I noticed many of the blossoms gone, some haven fallen, some just gone. Plus there were teeny black bugs on some blossoms. I went to Homestead gardens and bought and sprayed Jack's organic bug killer, per the Hoestead staff.
Anne Arundel County Maryland
The insects on the squash blossoms ae out of focus and we cannot identify them. Many insects can be attracted to the pollen. We do not recommend a control as it can affect the bees and pollination. It would be helpful to know the reproductive cycle of the squash plant.
Squash have male and female blossoms on the same plant. The male blossom is borne on a slender stalk. (Your photo shows male blossoms only). The female blossom has the swollen embryonic fruit attached at its base.
See our profile on squash http://extension.umd.edu/learn/vegetable-profiles-summer-squash