Looking for bug damage info

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  1. ponderoni

    ponderoni Active Member

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    I notice that the Garden Pest Management and Identification forum is archived.
    Where do I find info on what pest is attacking my plants?
    Both my datura and kiwi have been attacked by something with an appetite.
    I'd like to find out what it is and persuade it to stop.

    Datura damage
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    Kiwi damage
    kiwi damage.jpg

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Acerholic

    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @ponderoni good morning, have you checked under the leaves for eggs. This appears to me to be Moth caterpillars that is causing the damage. The ragged appearance is the give away for me.

    It is a case of regular checking and picking them off and placing in some soapy water. Gloves are necessary, as some can cause an allergic reaction. Do not cut off leaves and put in compost as they will return.

    Some people do use Neem oil to wipe over and under the leaves. It can be very effective.
     
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    you know, I think it is the plugs,
    Try to take a look at the leaves as if they gonna leave some slimy trace.
    it is because many organisms can cause large or small ragged holes in leaves, but the slimy trail suggests the presence of snails or slugs.
     
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    Thank you all.
    Sorry, been incommunicado.

    I have looked for both caterpillars and slug trails. There appear to be neither at this point.
    I will admit that this is not recent damage.
    I suspect that any piggles (which I suspect) have matured and flown the coop, as it were.

    I shall be more diligent next year.
    Will send updates if I find anything.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @ponderoni if no slug trails then it was probably moth caterpillars. At least you know what to look for next year.
     
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    Thank you, Acerholic.
    All the best.
     

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