Irises forum: something eating my iris buds

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 24, 2019 1:17 PM CST
Something is eating my iris so when they open they are full of holes. I can't find a critter, just brown mushy looking things in the centers after the blooms open. Any ideas? And what to do about it, I guess for next year Sad

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Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
May 24, 2019 2:57 PM CST
Did water get trapped in the flower causing it to rot? The beards look nice still.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 24, 2019 3:12 PM CST
No they are ate holes in the bus then ate in on the inside. The little brown mushy stuff looks like poo of some kind ??
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 24, 2019 7:58 PM CST
@frillylily

i have a lot of caterpillars this year, they eat the buds, but come out at night. during the day they have been hidden. i saw 2 kinds an all black one with a yellow stripe on either side, and a motley brown one that looked a lot like a cutworm.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
May 24, 2019 8:34 PM CST
I have never seen that before, wish I could help but I haven't a clue. I know it is so disappointing!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 25, 2019 7:08 AM CST
We have, here, a small, green "beetle", that chews into the buds, and the damage looks similar....they occasionally bore into the seed pods, as well. Normally , they don't show up, here, until later in the season Shrug! ...maybe the same bug, or something similar Shrug!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 25, 2019 11:43 AM CST
Here there are black beetles that come every year. But you can see them, pick them off and squish them!

I forgot what they are called, but I call them iris beetles, as they seem to favor them over others.
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