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The leaves of my laural hedge are being seriously damaged each Spring by something that is stripping all the newer leaves from the ends of the branches, and sometimes seriously damaging the older leaves also.  From the look of the plants it seems likely that some form of caterpillar is at work here, but there must be a significant quantity of them to achieve the results they do.

 

nutcutlet

If there's that many you should be able to see them and get one to ID

No sign of them, probably because it isnt Spring. The laural and other plants stripped bare have all grown new leaves.  A camelia was completely stripped, but has survived, although with no flowers this year.

Earlier in the year when the beasts were active (overnight) I did look closely each morning and saw nothing. I gues I was too late.

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