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What eats rhubarb (besides us)?

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,374
It's not important, but I'm just curious.  I just went to pull some rhubarb, not having been near it for a while, and found several of the leaves chewed to ribbons.  I couldn't see any critters that might have been responsible.  I live in a built-up area so it's unlikely to be vertebrates.  I thought the high levels of oxalic acid would render them toxic, or at least unpalatable, to most things.  Is there a rhubarb specialist, like the cinnabar moth larvae and the ragwort?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 21,839
    Slugs?   I used to find hundreds hiding under the leaves in my old rhubarb patch.  When I picked stems I'd leave the leaves on the ground as traps.   The blighters nibbled the stems too.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,786
    Slugs and snails
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,069
    Does that make them poisonous to predators, like the rodents that eat deadly nightshade?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,481
    Those little green shiny beetles, I think they start off on sorrel, at least the do here.😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,374
    Slugs eh?  Oh dear, I hate to think of them poisoning themselves. >:)
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