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What's eating my plants

peteSpeteS Posts: 495
Is this slug/snail or caterpillar damage on my argyranthemum. Other plants have been ravaged as well, including the unopened buds on my pelagoniums.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,089
    The stem damage looks typical of molluscs but the petal damage looks very much like that caused by earwigs.
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,329
    I agree Bob ,those pesky earwigs on the petals are a dratted nuisance (to put it politely). 

  • peteSpeteS Posts: 495
    @AnniD @BobTheGardener....cheers for that...I never thought of earwigs. Small upturned plant pots on canes I believe will catch the blighters.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 23,513
    You need to fill them with straw.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 495
    @Obelixx...I've no straw, but I've put out pots filled with shredded paper. Hopefully that'll do the trick.
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