Big-eyed bugs are predatory “true bugs” in the genus Geocoris. They are members of the family Lygaeidae (seed bugs), but belong to a subfamily containing only predaceous insects. As the name implies, they have characteristic, large prominent eyes relative to their body size. Many different Geocoris species are found throughout the world but there are roughly 25 recognized species in the US. Though big-eyed bugs are prominent in several cropping systems within the US, their importance expands well beyond US
borders as they are among the most abundant species of generalist predators occurring naturally worldwide.
I am seeing some plectosporium blight in a few pumpkin fields this year, not as bad as last year but still there. This disease will probably increase if we continue having frequent rains in some locations.