Hostas forum: Hosta pests

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 22, 2015 6:50 AM CST
I'm new to hostas and have one little plant in a pot that has been doing really well until recently when something started eating the leaves. Are there certain pests that like to eat hostas that I should look for? I didn't see anything but I do have problems with catydids that will eat everything and anything.

I believe the name of my hosta is 'Blue Ripples'. I would upload a pic, but it's not working for me this morning. I'll try to get one up soon.

Thanks for any help.

Uploading photos - Before the attack and after:

Thumb of 2015-06-22/wildflowers/9884ee

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jun 22, 2015 8:29 AM CST
Slugs, snails, earwigs, grasshoppers, rabbits, deer...I guess we're not the only thing that love hosta!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 22, 2015 9:25 AM CST
Thank you for your Reply, Rose. So hostas are popular!

I added some photos. I didn't see anything around so maybe it is grasshoppers or katydids!
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 22, 2015 9:31 AM CST
That damage is so large that it may be cutworms.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
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wildflowers
Jun 22, 2015 9:51 AM CST
Hmm. Hi Ann, that could be too because I did see a cutworm on the ground in another part of the garden this morning. The chickens thought it was delish! Sticking tongue out

Thank You!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Jun 22, 2015 2:41 PM CST
I hope you have enough chickens to take care of them. I've only had cutworm damage one year, but it was quite extensive on some plants.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...

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