The Q&A Archives: Garden pests

Question: The first sign that we have this pest was that it ate the blossoms only from the stargazer lily, no damage to the leaves and the blossoms were chewed off at the top of the stem where the bloom started. No debris.
Next, a pest chewed off most of the blooms on my impatiens in a large bed of about 20 plants and the blossoms and some of the leaves on my hosta. It also devoured the blossoms on a geranium in a large pot sitting on the sunny patio. All of this is in an area around my pool which is enclosed by a 6-foot fence. It definitely can not be deer on even mischievious children. There are squirrels and chipmunks in the area but the only insects of any note are ants and mosquitos. I can find nothing under the mulch to indicate a problem. I find no indication that a creature is burrowing under the fence which is metal with pickets about 5 inches apart.

Do you think this is an insect? What would be your recommendation? I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Answer: Julie,

Very strange. If you can eliminate all those possibilities I am at a loss for what else might be going on with those plants. I know of no insect that goes around eating flowers of such diverse species. The only thing that comes to mind to try is to plant more flowers (or set some out in pots) and then set up a video camera to see if you can catch the culprit in the act!

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