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Garden Pests and Diseases: Who's been munching the marigolds and dianthus?

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West Orange, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2006
9:13 PM

Post #2409346

OK, what kind of critter munches off the flowering heads of marigolds and dianthus? And sometimes leave the flowers behind? I don't see any rabbit spoor, I see only casual digging (as in no warrens being made) near the victims. I work all day, so can't keep an eye out for neighborhood cats, but these plants are in a very open spot; usually cats want more privacy.
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2006
1:20 AM

Post #2410226

Snails and slugs most likely if its stem damage. I have a theory that they don't eat the flowers because of the pyritheroids (sp) which is used in insecticides. Go out their at night with a flashlight and take a peek!

Olympia, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 20, 2006
8:29 AM

Post #2411310

Well, flashlight and a SALT SHAKER, lol

West Orange, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2006
11:44 PM

Post #2413844

Flowers only, no stem damage. Really neatly munched off where flower meets calyx. These are several inches tall. Too tall for snails/slugs?

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