Dahlias forum: Animal who cuts leaves?

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Austin TX
A1y55a
May 16, 2018 8:16 AM CST

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What animal would snip the foliage at the base of the plant and not seem to eat it? All the leaves were still lying on the ground. Please help!
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
May 16, 2018 2:44 PM CST
The only animals I've ever had to eat my dahlias were rabbits. But they usually just nibble as they go without breaking off the leaves and stems. The only deer damage I've had on dahlias was a little fawn that bit off some leaves but spit them out and never returned for more. I know groundhogs can be a problem but, fortunately, I haven't seen one around here in many years. The holes in the biggest leaf lead me to believe the culprit might be some kind of worm. Wish I could be more helpful.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 16, 2018 8:12 PM CST
Yup. That is what I was thinking. Cut worms do just that.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Jun 4, 2018 5:48 PM CST
I would think cutworm.

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