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Hosta > Holes in leaves or leaves chewed off

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  • Image: Slugs 1
    Credit: Jeff Hahn
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    Credit: Jeff Hahn

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    Credit: Jeff Hahn

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green arrowSlugs

  • Occurs spring and summer
  • Chews ragged, irregular shaped holes in leaves that cross the veins
  • Soft-bodied, brownish, up to two or more inches long. Snails without shells
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  • Image: animal damage 1
    Credit: Teddy Stromback
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    Credit: Lynn Vernon

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    Credit: Marge Kelley

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green arrowDeer, rabbit and other animal damage

  • All or large sections of leaves are cut off and missing, leaving only a stem or petiole (leaf stalk)
  • Animal foot prints or droppings near plant
  • Often happens suddenly, overnight
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  • Image: Hail 1
    Credit: Michelle Grabowski
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green arrowHail

  • Ragged holes in foliage
  • Appears suddenly, after severe 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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  • Image: Variegated Cutworms 1
    Credit: Jeff Hahn
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    Credit: Jeff Hahn

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green arrowVariegated Cutworms

  • Occurs in spring
  • Chews long oval holes between the veins
  • Brownish to black body with four to five yellowish diamond shaped spots on the top of the body; dark colored ‘W' on top of its body near the posterior; up to two inches long
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  • Image: Earwig 1
    Credit: Jeff Hahn
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    Credit: Jeff Hahn

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green arrowEarwig

  • Occurs during early to mid summer
  • Chews irregular holes in leaves
  • Reddish brown, with short wings and forceps like pincers at the tip of abdomen, 5/8 inch long
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