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Zucchini Leaf Pest or Disease?

Posted by Reach_For_The_Sun 5a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 2, 11 at 11:24

I am not sure if the photos are of one thing or two but many of my zucchini leaves are beginning to show signs of something.

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I have noted aphids on the eggplants next to them but I don't think they are causing this problem.

I have no idea what might be doing the eating.

The other kinda looks like thrip damage but I see no sign of the larvae and black excretions.

I am at a loss any help identifying what the problem(s) are and suggestions of how to get rid of them is much appreciated. Thanks

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RE: Zucchini Leaf Pest or Disease?

Hungry beast(s)!
I've seen extensive damage as that done by night-eating caterpillars. So go out after 10PM or so, flashlight in hand, & look at tops, bottom & edges of leaves.

The other damage NOT thrips. Probably mechanical damage while leaf was still expanding.

RE: Zucchini Leaf Pest or Disease?

Thanks for the info. I will look tonight.

I can't say I have ever heard of a plant hurting itself when growing.

RE: Zucchini Leaf Pest or Disease?

"mechanical damage" as in someone or something brushed against the leaf.

RE: Zucchini Leaf Pest or Disease?

I checked and nothing that would do that kind of damage. Maybe a caterpiller was there at one time but not tonight. Still not certain

As for the other damage I have walked between the rows but for the amount of leaves that are effected I don't think it is from that. Still searching

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