Something is eating my pear tree leaves

TrpnBils(6B)May 21, 2014

Not sure what, but this is the first year for that tree (got it from Lowes and it's doing great other than this). On one side of the tree in particular, it looks like the leaves are being chewed on but we have never seen any insects on the leaves or elsewhere on the tree for that matter.

Not sure how old the tree is, but it's about 7ft tall and full of leaves aside from the ones being bitten up.

Any thoughts on what to look for? Nothing seems to be bothering our peach or cherry trees that are nearby, and nothing is touching the pear tree on the other side of our yard either.

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Leaves are used to make paper for hornet nest, wasp do same as well honey bees. Look close at eating points watch for bee type. At night May are June beetles bugs eat leaves they only eat night fly to ground in day time, look on ground for large beetles, round holes in soil another indicator. One hour after dark and strong flashlight may see beetles feeding.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 6:31PM
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I have had vegetable gardens, and my vegetables would be fine, but leafs would have holes. It was organic, and I wouldn't even use spray in certain ones, but it seems inevitable.

My pests are ear wigs, potato bugs and ants, I don't see many beetles around here. So I assumed bees.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 12:14AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Go out at night with a flashlight. There are many types of bugs that only come out at night and you will probably see the culprit then.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:46AM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

I posted about the same problem, and really only on my pears as far as tree leaves go.

Mine's definitely a night feeder. I haven't done the flashlight thing, but judging by a nearby grape vine, I know I have cutworms there and apparently they can affect fruit trees! Who knew, lol? I'm treating for cutworms and I'll see if that does it.

My pears are young (not many leaves/branches) and begin branching low to the ground, too. So cutworms could make sense in my case. I don't know if that helps you any, but maybe so :)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 1:51PM
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I am going to guess if its not one of the above suggestions then it might be caterpillars. On my trees I see curled up new growth leaves where they like to nest, open them up to find them living inside.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 2:32PM
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