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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 09:47 PM
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What causes small holes in flower leaves?
I have geraniums and dahlias in containers. I sprayed them with an all-purpose insecticide when I planted them about 2 weeks ago, in particular to protect the geraniums from aphids and those worm things.

Now I'm seeing small holes especially in the leaves of the dahlias, but also starting a bit in the geraniums. Any info on what this is? Thanks.
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 10:01 PM
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1. Bugs or slugs...
are they outside?
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 11:49 PM
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4. Yes, they're outside on the patio. n/t
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 10:09 PM
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2. Birds
A neighbor across the street says the small birds are pecking holes in the stuff in his garden.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 10:12 PM
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3. In my experience,
cat fangs.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:05 AM
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5. Aphids?
Slugs? Animals?

Any of the above... I'd have to see the holes to make an informed guess... :)
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:20 AM
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6. Leaf Cutter bees?
Those buggers just fly in, chop holes in the leaves, then fly off...
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:22 AM
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7. They're hole larvae. Mom & Pop terrestrial holes leave them there to
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:27 AM by qnr
mature, in the hope that one day they'll grow up to be koi ponds.

Sorry, no idea. Me, I want to know what those tree cocoons are... where there are big spider-webby looking things on the ends of limbs. Is something decomposing leaves to heat their eggs and provide their critters food or something???

These things:



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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 AM
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9. If I saw those in Seattle, I'd say they're caterpillar tents.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:36 AM by Suich
If you want to know what to do, pm me.

:hi:
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:36 AM
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10. Thanks :) But I just see them on my walks in the morning on a rail trail,
nothing I have to do about them :hi:
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Alexodin Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:15 AM
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16. Those look like gypsy moth tents or as they say in Iowa:
bag worms.

They are pretty bad actually but I don't recommend pesticide. Cut the limbs off and BURN THEM ALIVE. Sorry I'm usually more peaceful but they can do real damage to a tree and gypsy moths are currently a plague.
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LaraMN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:24 AM
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8. Eeps. I have small beetles eating my zinnia and dahlia flower heads.
It's very distressing, isn't it?
:mad:
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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:57 AM
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11. Very small pebbles or stones.
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:26 PM
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12. Thanks. I'm going to take a few of the leaves to the garden
center tomorrow and ask what they think.
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MoseyWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:33 PM
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13. cats that have a sense of humor
they do it all the time.
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mad-mommy Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:47 PM
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14. beetles, earwigs
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:54 PM
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15. Small teeth.
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