Pests and Diseases forum: who is eating my Malva sylvestris "Zebrina"

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North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 26, 2016 7:43 AM CST
Sighing! I have yet to find a beetle , grub or caterpillar of any kind on this plant Angry ... they seem to leave the blooms alone but decimate the leaves Shrug! anyone have a likely suspect list ??? Confused
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My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 26, 2016 8:57 AM CST
The book Garden Insects of North America by Whitney Cranshaw (an entomologist) lists recorded pests by plant, and shows these leaf chewers for Malva: hollyhock leaf skeletonizer, painted lady, west coast lady and okra caterpillar.

Have you checked the undersides of the leaves?
North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 26, 2016 4:35 PM CST
Sighing! yes i have ... I cant ever seem to catch em with thier mouth full of my leaves Shrug! Rolling my eyes. Grumbling I think I may go out tomorrow with a paper towel and see if I end up with any bug stains Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing its clobbering time
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
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sooby
Jun 26, 2016 4:43 PM CST
Have you tried looking with a flashlight after dark, since some sneaky pests are nocturnal?
North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jun 26, 2016 4:59 PM CST
Blinking DOH .... I just may do that I tip my hat to you. ... my trail cams have IR night vision and can catch cats wallowing in my catnip patch and foxes raiding the bird seed fallen from the feeder but they don't do insect macro closeups Grumbling ... maybe I can invent one ... I bet everyone here would buy 3 Hilarious!
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Jun 26, 2016 5:12 PM CST
On the bright side, at least you can check for skunks before you venture out with the flashlight Hilarious!
North Central Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Pegasys
Jul 12, 2016 11:09 AM CST
I think I found the little bugstards Sticking tongue out Rolling my eyes. who are eating my hollyhocks ... june beetles Grumbling I have been handpicking milkweed beetles off my Incarnatas and japanese beetles off my Purple Loosestrife and caught one of the little JB's decimating my newly recovered Alcea rosea transplant . Sighing! Sighing! Sighing! sadly the hollyhocks and loosestrife on the west side of the house are intermingled with the asclepias incarnata , tuberosa and the Anise Hyssop butterfly bushes . I wont make that mistake again , guess its manually pulling the lil Sticking tongue out bugstards Sticking tongue out untill they go away in a couple months Crying
My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !

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