Irises forum→What's attacking my iris leaves?

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May 6, 2020 10:53 AM CST
Hi everyone!

Am new here, and somewhat new to trying to grow irises.

I have some bearded irises that suddenly (within less than a week) showed this leaf damage. It doesn't quite seem like the iris diseases and problems I've seen on the web - looks a little like some tiny critter was munching. I searched in the daytime and at night with a flashlight for possible culprits but found no obvious guilty parties.

I live in southern California, in the mountains.


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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
May 6, 2020 11:07 AM CST
Welcome! rwaayers!

Since you're in the mountains, I'm guessing you're near open fields (undeveloped land). So to me, it looks like leafhopper damages. When the hills behind me dry up (Iike now), the leafhoppers make their way into my garden (followed by the wild turkeys).
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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May 6, 2020 11:22 AM CST
rwaayers ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

May 6, 2020 10:32 PM CST
Thanks - leafhoppers sound very plausible! I guess I should be glad its not an infectious disease - sigh.

Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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May 8, 2020 1:32 AM CST
Welcome! Rwaayers! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!

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