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  • Rabbit damage 1
  • Rabbit damage 2
  • Rabbit damage 3

Rabbit

  • All or large sections of leaves are cut off and missing, leaving only a stem or petiole
  • Plants are cut off with a clean-cut angle (45°), not ragged
  • Animal foot prints or droppings may be seen near plant
  • Damage often happens suddenly, often overnight
  • More information on rabbits
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  • Deer damage 1
  • Deer damage 2
  • Deer droppings 3

Deer

  • All or large sections of leaves are cut off and missing, leaving only a stem or petiole
  • Plants are not cut off clean, but ragged
  • Animal foot prints or droppings may be seen near plant
  • Damage often happens suddenly, often overnight
  • More information on deer
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  • Japanese beetle 1
  • Japanese beetle 2
  • Japanese beetle 3

Japanese Beetle
Popillia japonica

  • Adults present late June/early July to August
  • Skeletonize leaves, i.e. chews tissue between veins, leaving foliage lace-like
  • Chews holes in blossoms
  • Adults are a brilliant metallic green with copper-brown wing covers, approximately 3/8 inches in length, five white patches of hairs on each side of the abdomen, and two patches of white hair on the tip of abdomen
  • More information on Japanese Beetles
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  • Cabbage looper caterpillar 1
  • Cabbage looper caterpillar 2
  • Cabbage looper caterpillar 3

Cabbage Looper
Trichoplusia ni

  • Present from early July to late August
  • Caterpillars feed on leaves resulting in large ragged holes
  • Dark green excrement may be present on leaves
  • Caterpillars are up to 1 ½ inches in length, light green, and move in a characteristic “looping” action
  • More information on cabbage loopers

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