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25/04/2014 at 20:27

Hi,

The picture below used to be a foxglove. Two, close by, but in different beds have been munched. Nothing else has been touched. Is there anything that targets Foxgloves?

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43510.jpg?width=237&height=350&mode=max

 

25/04/2014 at 20:44

Looks slug/snail to me.

26/04/2014 at 02:19

I have one that looks like that and I think it may be rabbits although I haven't seen them munching on it.

26/04/2014 at 06:15

Any wood pigeons around?

26/04/2014 at 07:02

I am too urban for rabbits but there are plenty of wood pigeons. 

What I find strange is that it is only the foxglove that has been attacked.

 

26/04/2014 at 07:12

Wood pigeons in gardens seem to focus on one or two plants that they can tear the leaves of, and young foxglove leaves are very tearable - that looks just like the damage wood pigeons do to broccoli and fields of oilseed rape. 

Hang some old DVDs or bits of silver foil or plastic streamers from canes around them for a while - it won't look pretty but the wood pigeons will move on to something else.  

They've taken the growing tip out of that foxglove, but it will send up some flowering spikes from sideshoots, so all is not lost. 

26/04/2014 at 08:53

i think its caterpillar damage. they are green in colour and look the same colour as the leaves.  if u inspect the leaves closely u might find the culprits. try looking at the underside of the leaves.

 

26/04/2014 at 09:00

I've got quite a few foxgloves around the garden, one of mine looks simular to  that pic. We have 3 fat wood pidgeons in our garden, might have a go at your suggestion Dove. Tho I hope they don't attack anything else!!

Edd
26/04/2014 at 09:13

That bottom right hand leaf in the pic has slug trails on it so i would say its slugs.

26/04/2014 at 09:23

Probably a combined attack - they gang up on us you know 

26/04/2014 at 09:37

Found a third that has been got. It is near to the other two.. This one is a self seeded one in my bin store so it will be protected from pigeons. Something crawly is looking the favourite. Off out now so will hunt from caterpillars etc later. 

26/04/2014 at 21:08

Is this a slugs calling card? What looks like poo just above a leaf joint?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43730.jpg?width=237&height=350&mode=max

 

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