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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Some kind of leaf-turning/cutting slug?

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Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 16, 2004
7:35 PM

Post #1052568

These things get on my Canna's every year and cut pieces of the leaves and turn them over, sticking them together and hiding inside. I don't know if they actually eat the leaves or just use them as a home. I have hesitated killing them because I don't know what they are or if they turn into something good (better than a slimy slug that cuts my leaves!) - like tomato worms turn into beautiful hawk-moths. Does anyone know what this is and if it turns into something in another life?


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Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 16, 2004
7:41 PM

Post #1052574

Here's another pic of it.

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Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2004
8:17 PM

Post #1052621

Those are leaf rollers, a pain for canna growers! As far as I know, they aren't good for anything except food for birds! Sprinkle some Dipel around the cannas to kill them.
They do make a plain brownish butterfly that lays more eggs to eat more holes in your cannas.

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