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I have a problem with my runner bean seed in the soil being eaten, I have taken some pictures of the pests. I would appreciate if anyone can identify the pests and sujest a cure to the problem.
Nothing is eating you runner bean seed as such-it has rotted in the soil-it happens-that just looks like worms feeding on the remains
yes i agree seed has prob rotted. why not sow seeds in trays and then plant out as growing plants later? are you overwatering there?
These pests look more like the yellow centipedes you sometimes come across in the soil as they have two feelers and are growing lots of legs.
Despite what the seed packets say it's been too cold until the last week to start runners off in the ground. The worms you describe are probably wireworms and more a problem with potatoes than anything else.
Starting them off indoors before moving to a cold frame would probably help as I don't think the worms are eating your beans as such. I planted mine out today and am anxiously hoping they don't wither in the wind tonight.
This is a picture that I have taken today of what we think is the problem. The small worm like creatures in the other pictures having grown on a couple of days resemble the adult which is shown in this picture. The adult was dug up where I had planted a bean seed that was infested.
Still not eating the bean-they are eating a rotted bean
As has been said start them of in cells etc.