The hosts of the common stalk borer include: giant ragweed, grasses, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more. The general rule is as long as the stem of the plant is large enough to give shelter and soft enough for the larvae to burrow into then it is a possible host.
Most of the damage caused by common stalk borer occurs in June and July when the larvae begin to move into crops. In corn, they should not be confused with the European corn borer, which infests crops later towards the end of July and into August.
rainbowgardener wrote:I think you have pepper maggots.
Scroll down in this article until you get to pepper maggot fly:
https://extension.umass.edu/vegetable/a ... per-maggot
applestar wrote:Found this.https://www.fruit.cornell.edu/berrytool/ ... legall.htmLeaf petioles have galls
Petiole Galls occur periodically in strawberry fields, especially near weedy borders. One or more galls may occur per petiole. The greenish to reddish galls are 1 to 4 inches in length and somewhat segmented in appearance. Galls have 10 to 35 or more central chambers inside, each containing a small single white larva. The causal insect is not known. Petiole galls appear to have no serious economic impact on the plants.
imafan26 wrote:Yes, it is a pickle worm. Usually you will find a small hole on the fruit where they were laid by the moth. Covering the fruit with a newspaper tube or mesh bag helps. I get them once in a while but thankfully not that often.
I have a different variety of cucumber in my garden now callled Tendergreen. It looks like an English cucumber and gets quite long and is non-bitter. It is performing well and is actually resisting mildew much better than Suyo.
https://www.austinbug.com/lycaenidae.htmlThe caterpillars of both hairstreaks and blues look much the same: slug-like, usually with a repeating pattern of chevrons or broken stripes, and covered with very short hairs. Since they are small (10-15 mm), they are often very hard to find.