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Acer mystery

Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 211
Hi - I have a young Acer Platanoides Princeton Gold which looks gorgeous from a distance but up close I can see something is munching the leaves and there are dark deposits on the undersides (pic attached).  Anyone have any idea what the black stuff is, please?  Tree seems otherwise perfectly happy and is growing well  It's in a south and west facing site, well drained soil.  Thanks :)

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  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 211

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Photo a bit fuzzy when I try to zoom in but could it be caterpillar frass (poop)?
  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 211
    Sorry, breezy day here, did try to wait for a still moment to take the pic!  Thanks for the suggestion, though - would solve the munching mystery too!

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    My other thought was blackfly (aphids), that's why I tried to get a closer look 🔍. Went with caterpillars because you mentioned 'leaf munching'.
  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 211
    Will definitely try to get a better pic and post it later today!
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