Young palm seedlings damaged by biting off fronds

neonrider(USDA 8A ^ Sunset 31 ^ Mid-SC)August 6, 2011

Does anyone know what kind of pest bites fronds of young palm plants (1 year old)? The fronds are cut off and left lying, they are not eaten. Could not find any info about it online.

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jimhardy

Kitty-cat?
Grass hopper?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 2:02PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I was also thinking a cat. Maybe a rabbit? Some type of small mammal probably. Grasshoppers are another possibility, but they usually make holes, not clean cuts (but they have the appetite of a small mammal for sure!).

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 3:17PM
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wetsuiter(7b/8a)

Cut worms are known to do that to vegetable seedlings early in the growing season.

I've seen something similar with first season sabal palmettos --eaten off just above the soil level.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 11:46PM
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