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Fort Worth, TX
Amc0215
May 1, 2020 10:41 PM CST
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Any help is appreciated. Something is eating leaves off my plants overnight. First entire leaves disappear, then the entire plant stems cut off at the ground. I've fenced the garden off, and it's in an urban backyard.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
May 1, 2020 11:21 PM CST
That seems a bit odd. So I'll toss out a few odd possibitities: Tomato hornworm. A squirrel with a taste for spicy leaves. Wascally Wabbit.
Fort Worth, TX
Amc0215
May 1, 2020 11:27 PM CST
So would tomato hornworms eat entire leaves like that in one night?
We thought maybe rabbit, but don't think they'd be getting into the back yard and also through the garden fencing.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
May 2, 2020 12:37 AM CST
Hornworms can eat whole leaves in a short time. They LIVE hungry. If you have good fencing, it won't be Wascally Wabbits. But that does assume a good fence. Too high for cutworms. So check for small or large caterpillars. But yeah, I haven't seen the lower leaves eaten like that. Mice?

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