I thought it might be one of these guys but, after reading up on them, it seems they prey on other critters. They are usually in the mulch, this one was going across the driveway on his way to green pastures.
The big ones were in Okinawa, Japan. If the ones in GA were that big I'd move too (just kidding about the moving part).
Just be glad you don't have apple snails which can get HUGE but they are really freshwater snails so shouldn't be snacking on begonias. I had some in my old pond one time and they were going to town on the water lilies and lotus. Had to get rid of them due to the fact that they didn't eat algae only.
LOL, I introduced an apple snail to my pond once, the guy in the fish store said they were fine. Yeah right, that darn thing climbed out of the pond and started in on the garden plants and it had a voracious appetite. It did lay gorgeous hot pink eggs on the stems of the water plants then I had to get rid of hundreds of them.
db, there are tradeoffs, we can garden 12 months of the year, something is always in bloom and many of my begonias are hardy. But, we do have bugs, it is sort of like black fly season all the time.
Could've been a big caterpillar based on the kind of damage shown.
Could it be mechanical damage and the plant scabs over the scarred, broken part of the leaf?
I think this is what I have on my Blue Wings begonia - a branch or pine needle penetrates/breaks the leaf and the plant repairs the wound as best it can. Not show worthy but the damaged leaves can still be used for propagation if one so desires.
Those darn pine needles, they make holes in everything don't they. I really thnk something was chewing on this one but whatever is was has gone on to greener pastures. Good idea about using the damaged leaves for propagation.
ardesia wrote:Those darn pine needles, they make holes in everything don't they. I really thnk something was chewing on this one but whatever is was has gone on to greener pastures. Good idea about using the damaged leaves for propagation.
Same problem with acorns here. Our acorns are smaller, and they beat up the foliage on some of the softer leaved plants.
I have moved my B. exotica under cover because of it. It looks more like Begonia Swiss Cheese right now.
Alice, I had something similar to what's going on with yours, on Purple Snow and Don Miller...it all started when we got a ton of rain an the humidity has been so high...
I'm wondering if it's a bit of " leaf melting" ??? A good spray with fungicide and a few days vacation in a more protected area seemed to help.
Been super dry here, we have not had anything close to the amount of rain you got. No fungal diseases or melting leaves here this summer. It was definitly a critter but whatever it was quickly departed. Very strange, I have a few holes on a hibiscus now but once again, there is no sign of who or what is doing it. I have a lot of birds around and the baby cardinals are always in my plants, I hope they got whatever it was.