Help - Captain Kirk is being eaten alive!

hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)July 27, 2014

Something is chewing the heck out of my beautiful Captain Kirk and others in my garden. Any suggestions on who it is and how to stop him. Pictures of other damage follows. ðÂÂÂ

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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Here is Tokadamu Flavocircinalis. Chewed leaves.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:50PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Here is Halcyon. Munch munch!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:52PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Here is Grand Prize. Far away in another bed from the previous three.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:54PM
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maggiepie_gw

I'd be looking at grasshoppers, have you noticed any?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:24PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

That was my first thought, too. I've seen several grasshoppers, but no damage.

bk

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:53PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Sure could be grasshoppers. I've seen a few around, and two of my hostas got gobbled with holes very similar to yours. I sure do like your Grand Prize, even with the holes.

-Babka

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 6:13PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

You could drape them with nets to keep the grasshoppers off.

(Sorry, I don't have any other ideas.)

The upside is they don't eat much, usually (They don't endanger the plant.) Then they are gone.

bk

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:25PM
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TheHarperdragon

Look at the base of the plant and in and around it - looks more like cutworm damage to me

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:11PM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Don't know what you do with a plague of locusts, but (apart from the damage) you have some beautiful, otherwise healthy hostas that are worth showing off. Thanks for sharing.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:15PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Cut worms come up from the soil, so their damage is usually around the petiole.

This damage is on the outer edges.

Besides, cut worms are usually a spring problem.

bk

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:55PM
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hostas_for_barb(6b Ontario)

Thanks Steve (and Babka). I'm going to keep an eye out for grasshoppers. I have seen two small ones which I eliminated but they were close to the house and that was last week. The damage has been going on for weeks. I was out with a flash light last night but saw nothing. I guess I will just have to check regularly at different times of the day and see if I can't spoit the culprit.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:15PM
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