Small bites in plants - Knowledgebase Question

Yorkville, Il
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Question by lesliesmogor
June 30, 2010
Something is eating small holes in my plants. It started with my hostas, but I have also seen the little bites on annuals, coneflower leaves and beards tongue. Do you know what it could be and how to stop it?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
There are many possibilities and without knowing the culprit, it's difficult to provide a control method. Examine the undersides of leaves and along stems. Look for black pellet droppings, which signal location. If nothing in the day, go out at night with a flashlight and sleuth. Slugs and snails love hostas so that's a possibility. Bites indicate chewing mouthparts, such as hornworms or other caterpillars, or larger creatures. I hope this info helps.

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