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  1. The pattern of damage is definitely not rabbit and almost certainly not bird: damage areas too tiny for rabbit chewing, not ragged/torn enough for collateral damage birds cause when stabbing to reach insects. It looks much more like a caterpillar, something that sat ON the leaf and moved its head back and forth in an arc eating leaf tissue edge-inward. Not a slug, they eat within the blade, not edge-in. Not a beetle, they scrape. Maybe a weevil but there are bigger areas of leaf involved than usual and this is not within usual weevil-season. Not a bug or aphid, they pierce, suck and deform or scar where they fed.Maybe a sawfly but like weevil issue, scope of each eaten area is bigger than is usual for sawflies, plus sawflies generally eat an entire leaf before moving to another. So I would look for caterpillars hiding nearby. You do that and I will go check our moth and caterpillar host plants lists to see if I can find any leads there.

  2. We've assembled an answer team to field questions in real time on the GardenAtoZ.org Forum Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you or someone you know has a question or puzzle, go out with that smart phone, take a photo and post it on our Forum for a right-now answer.


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