What's eating my black eyed peas?
I returned from a week away to find that my black eye pea crop was being decimated. The plants look perfect except for the peas being eaten from the pod, with some shriveling. They are on a trellis, so too high for rabbits (who seem to prefer the green plant parts anyway). They look too "neat" for birds to be eating them. I would think birds would pull the whole thing down, not adeptly balance on a string of the trellis.
I have killed half a dozen stink bugs (I think brown marmorated)--could they have eaten the beans? Or is something I am not seeing laying its eggs in the beans? Any ideas?
In addition to hand picking any further stink bugs, there are numerous lady bugs, wasps, and even some assassin bugs in the vicinity, so that's hopeful.