butternut squash

butternut squash

I'm growing butternut squash for the first time this year, and I've been wondering - how do you know when they're ripe? I've picked a few tan-ish ones, using the "they come off the vine without too much effort" test, but I don't know if there's any other clues I should be looking for. (Especially because I want to get the plant out and in the trash as soon as possible, because it's gotten overrun by squash beetles, and I want to try and keep them from overwintering.)
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