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Peas > Seedling > Plant cut at soil line

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Cutworms
Agrotis ipsilon, Peridroma saucia

  • Stem chewed within 1 inch of base of plant during spring
  • Can chew holes in leaves during spring and early summer
  • Cutworms are grayish or brownish and up to 2 inches long; typically found during day hiding in soil
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Rabbits

  • Entire leaves missing
  • Petioles and stem are sharply cut
  • Rabbits can eat entire plant, leaving a "stub" at soil line

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