Whose Eating My Pansies! - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, CA
Question by jvsanford
October 16, 1999
There are little round bite marks on my pansies but I cannot find any insects or snails. Who could be doing this?

Answer from NGA
October 16, 1999


Sounds like a really sneaky critter! Snails feed at night so it isn't likely you'll catch them in the act unless you go out after dark with a flashlight.

Other possibilities include: Caterpillars may be feasting on your pansies. Look for tell-tail frass (technical term for bug poop) on the stems of the plants or on the soil surface. Or, leafcutter bees (although it's a little late in the season for them). These fellas take notches out of the edges of leaves.

Hope the above helps narrow down your search for the culprits!

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