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Insect ID

I was out in the garden early this morning and found these little buggers in the zuchini plants. Can you help me determine if they are good or bad? This was with my bad cell phone camera so sorry for the poor quality/blurriness.
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Bottom two are spotted cucumber beetles -> NOT GOOD. I always get them but they come in so late and in few numbers that they don't do much damage.

The other pics...no clue. A lot of the pics are out of focus. One looks like a ant which is no worry unless there are aphids around.

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I'm pretty sure third from bottom slate grey with blue and orange one is the SVB moth. VERY VERY BAD. :x

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Wow, not good... looks like you have a whole collection of everything that attacks squash. I'm thinking the top one is a squash bug or stinkbug, the picture is a little blurry... The little orange dots are probably the squash bug eggs, but they are usually laid in clusters.
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Ok, thanks for help iding these. I did a bunch of googling and have concluded that my main threats are the squashbug and SVB. I did some reading online and think that "Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki." will kill the SVB and that a dish soap solution will take care of the squash bug does this sound like a good plan of action?
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Inject the BT var. kurstaki into the stems of the squash to kill the SVBs. It may work. Do it VERY SOON; these devils do fast work.

The soap spray for the aphids will need to be applied more than once, prob. 5 to 7 days apart at least three times. (One of the photos appeared to me to be aphids; I may be wrong b/c the photos are blurry.)

I'll let others with more experience w/other bugs respond re those other bugs.

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