Guess the Pest! Week 21

David Owens, Extension Entomologist,

This week, I thought we could take a slightly more light-hearted approach to a pest. This picture was taken just before me and a string trimmer got to work on my watermelon patch. Seems like this time of year this particular plant rises up from the shadows to give my earlier hand weeding efforts a finger or two. We’ve got a few things going on in this photo. What is it, and is it a pest or not?