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Apr 20, 2017 4:39 PM CST
I have a plant that leaves have been visibly eaten away at. At the same time each night there seems to be tiny bits of what looks like dirt surrounding the plant pot. I've now looked at the leaves and there's little clusters of this dirt all up the stems. Can anyone help me identify the pest please?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 20, 2017 4:58 PM CST

I would give it a warm soapy bath.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Apr 20, 2017 7:25 PM CST
I agree Hard to tell from the picture, but the stem looks like aphid infestation, and the black droppings look like some sort of caterpillar

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