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Aster > Holes in leaves

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  • Checkerspot 1
  • Checkerspot 2

Checkerspot butterfly caterpillar

  • Occurs May and June
  • Chews holes in leaves of perennials
  • Grows over 1 inch long, black with spines
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  • Animal damage 1
  • Animal damage 2
  • Animal damage 3

Deer, rabbit and other animal damage

  • All of large sections of leaves are cut off and missing, leaving only a stem or petiole (leaf stalk)
  • Animal foot prints or dropping near plant
  • Often happens suddenly, overnight
  • More information on Deer damage...
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  • Japanese beetle 1
  • Japanese beetle 2
  • Japanese beetle 3

Japanese beetles

  • Occur late June to early September
  • Skeletonize leaves, i.e. chews tissue between veins, leaving foliage lace-like
  • Feed on blossoms, chewing holes in them
  • Up to almost 1/2 inch long; iridescent green with five white patches along the side of its body and two white patches on the tip of the abdomen
  • More information on Japanese beetles...
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  • Hail 1


  • Ragged holes in foliage
  • Appears suddenly, after sever weather
  • Affects very local area only, sometimes individual plants show damage
  • Plants outgrow damage, leaves produced after hail event are undamaged

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