Daylilies forum: Yellow maggot worms in daylily leaves

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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Jul 14, 2012 10:55 PM CST
I wish I had taken a picture of the yellow maggot,
but I didn't. Just wanted to alert everyone that there is another
pest for these plants. It measured one sixteenth of an inch, and
appears rather translucent, and resides at the base of the
plant, inside the leaves, just above the crown.

I noticed the base of the leaves turning a rusty color. This
color continued through the rest of the leaves toward the center,
where the worm was eating its way through. As the outside leaves turned
brown, they did not fold away from the plant as usual, but stayed
quite snug against the fan. Had not seen that characteristic before.

Looked at everything I could find on the internet, but saw nothing
that looked like it, or was the same size. Removed two of them,
and sprayed with Seven. The plant is okay now, I hope.

This plant is in a pot, in a protected area.
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daylily
Jul 14, 2012 11:09 PM CST
I have never heard of anything like that? A yellow maggot? Could it have been a small, possibly just hatched cut worm? (do they hatch? Shrug! )

I had cut worms on hosta, pulmonaria, witch hazel this year. I don't remember ever seeing them here before. The small ones were maybe 1/3 of an inch long, the big ones over an inch.
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keyi
Jul 14, 2012 11:21 PM CST
This will certainly be the year for weird stuff what with the weather and all.
Hugs, Mich and Crew!
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Jul 14, 2012 11:22 PM CST
No, Juli, I don't think it was a cutworm. I did see an article about yellow corn worms
becoming a problem with daylilies, but that just didn't look the same, and these
worms were a bit too large to be a maggot of a leaf miner. It has me puzzled. This
has been one really odd year. Maybe the extreme weather has
brought in some new critters.

Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Jul 14, 2012 11:24 PM CST
I certainly agree, Michelle. I really, really, hope next year
will make me forget all about this one.
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tink3472
Jul 15, 2012 4:13 AM CST
Shirlee, leafminer larvae can get quite large, at least here anyway. Was there the tunneling in the foliage as with leaf miners?

If you find another one please take a photo so we can see what it looks like.


We have had these worms eating the foliage of our daylilies, nothing major just a few here and there. I'm not sure what kind they are. I think they are a type of cutworm but I've only found one photo of one with the redish heads that may be it. We haven't had them before this year.

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 15, 2012 5:34 AM CST
Perhaps they're a type of sawfly larvae.

http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/sawfly_larvae
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tink3472
Jul 15, 2012 6:06 AM CST
Could be Shrug!
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Jul 15, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Michele, there is no tunneling in that plant, but there is a small short tunnel in one near by.
I got so aggravated in finding them that they were smashed before the
thought of a photo entered my mind. Green Grin!
Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Jul 15, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Wow Chelle, what a reference page. It resembled the color of Img 1564. The head
was not an obviously different color. Too tiny to see feet. LOL.

Thanks so much Michele and Chelle for all that input. Very helpful.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 20, 2012 11:49 AM CST
You're welcome, Shirlee. I thought it was a good page, too. nodding

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mcash70
Jul 20, 2012 5:00 PM CST
Great page Chell! Thumbs up

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