Posted: 22/07/2013 at 14:08
Thanks Meomye, I had a look on the web and it's not sawfly - they leaves are not damaged - they are just gone! I think BizzieLizzie and Chris7 have it - It does look like deer.
The leaves and buds/new roses are just gone. There is a lot of tender juicy new growth on some plants with nothing amiss, so it suspect some deer came just once and haven't been back for seconds.
There is some small scale insect damage on other leaves, but that's really minor and not like the main demolition job.
The rose bed is on the terrace so I suspect if we're home they'd have to be very bold to come up there. People partying outside is gogin to dissuade them too.
Actually, if they'd only eat the weeds I wouldn't mind growing some roses just for them!