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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:19 PM

Any idea what might be eating my bell pepper leaves?



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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:22 PM

1. I swear to Jebus I didn't do it

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:24 PM

2. I'm guessing it's not slugs/snails. That's my most voracious pest. But not in Tuscon I'd wager.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. Possibly

Leaf cutter ants...........

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Response to Timewas (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:27 PM

4. look up leaf miners. they dig tiny tunnels in leaves. nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 08:27 PM

8. Let me see here

I could have sworn I wrote "leaf Cutter Ants"

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:32 PM

5. you have a few things going on but early in the morning take a flashlight to the garden

i'll bet you find a coupla big ol' tomato hornworms munching those leaves.

caterpillers of a spectacular moth, the hawk moth, I hate to kill the hornworms, but they are quite voracious.

i'd normally recommend BT, an organic toxin for caterpillers, but since you've got those leaf miners may as well go to sevin dust.

the rest might be fungus that will clear up with a little less water for a few days.

I hope the peppers turn out ok. I did not grow bells this year as my ol' lady has been using anahimes or poblamos for nearly everthing lately.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:32 PM

6. Are you referring the white stringy things? Only place I've seen such a thing was after worming a

Dog! I don't think round worms or tapes live outside their hosts gut. Wish I could help!

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 07:38 PM

7. Likely leaf cutter ants

white trails might be leaf miners. The ant damage is usually cosmetic, the miners can weaken your plant.

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