Went to the garden today and found many beetles on my vines. They look as though they are mating. They look like they are connected from rear end to rear end? They are over many leaves, the top and under sides of the leaves. Haven't seen them before today and the squash is now ready to start picking. I'd like to know what I should do and where to start.
Crooked Neck Squash Beetles
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, they are mating but without knowing which beetles they are, I cannot say if they pose a threat to the plant itself when they lay their eggs.
That being said, the fruit is safe to eat. just make sure you wash it, as you should be doing anyway regardless.
An insecticide should take care of the bugs for the time being as well.