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What's eating these plants?

Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 453
Something is eating various plants in the garden, or rather more than one something. Below are pics of two deutzias that are about a metre apart either side of some steps, and something is eating the leaves.
Then there is my patio pear tree, some 80 metres away from the deutzias, but seemingly being eaten in a similar fashion. I can't see any sign of anything on either plant, apart from nibbled leaves.
Finally we have my gooseberry bush which has had some stems nibbled right through. The blackcurrant is similarly afflicted. I think it could be a pesky rabbit, though in spite of being surrounded by fields I've only ever seen one rabbit anywhere in a good mile radius. That happened to be recently, but it wasn't in the garden, which of course isn't to say it hadn't already visited...
All thoughts and remedies welcome as ever, thanks


  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
    Nibbled leaves looks like vine weevil. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,607
    I agree, vine weevil.
  • Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 453
    Oh no! Just been on RHS site and it doesn't sound good. I have a vague notion we had some nibbled leaves last year on the deutzia but they survived the winter so maybe fewer grubs were around. The deutzias are in quite solid ground, part of the lawn, so less easy to burrow into perhaps? Will look into the best method to seek and destroy!
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
    Often the grubs and adults attack totally different plants, so nibbled leaves are not necessarily a sign that particular plant will be harboring the grubs. In my case the adults love my roses, but the grubs decimate fuchsias and primavera.
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