Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Spring Fever Anyoue ?
by newbeone Today at 12:11 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by trolleydriver Today at 9:15 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 9:07 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by trolleydriver Today at 8:57 am

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Today at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:18 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:46 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker Yesterday at 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by trolleydriver 1/19/2017, 10:54 am

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/18/2017, 10:22 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco 1/17/2017, 11:23 pm

» Daikon radishes?
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:49 pm

» Anyone want walking onions??
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:22 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver 1/17/2017, 2:48 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 2:22 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 1:49 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Who's eating my onion leaves?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Who's eating my onion leaves?

Post  SFG in Chicago on 5/26/2010, 6:45 pm

SoI was out admiring my little garden this morning when I noticed one of my onion leaves that was bent over (many of them are bent from wind/growing so tall). This one had a hole and I could see something dark inside the hollow leaf. So I cut off that leaf and cut it open to find this guy. Sorry, the pic is a bit blurry. It is definitely some sort of caterpillar. It fits the photos I'm finding online of cutworms, but not the descriptions I'm finding of cutworm behavior. Looking closer I found 1 more leaf with a hole in it, cut the entire leaf off and found another caterpillar and down at the bottom of the leaf what looked like dozens of eggs. The plants were not cut off at the bottom like I'm reading cutworms would do and the little beasties were definitely inside the hollow leaves, eating them. Has anyone else seen anything like this? I definitely will be on patrol for more of them, but so far seems like the damage is minimal.
Thanks!
Virginia

SFG in Chicago

Female Posts : 110
Join date : 2010-03-08
Location : Z5 Chicago Suburbs

View user profile http://www.glassfever.net

Back to top Go down

Re: Who's eating my onion leaves?

Post  martha on 5/26/2010, 9:40 pm

that is strange. It sure looks to me like a caterpillar. I can't find any thing on line that seems to match up - there is a larval stage of some pest or other, but they would be eating the bulb, not living in the green part.

martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Who's eating my onion leaves?

Post  SFG in Chicago on 5/26/2010, 11:01 pm

Weird, isn't it? It was definitely a caterpillar, but so are cutworms. It was definitely inside the leaf, about halfway up eating it. It's not in my picture, but there were holes where I found him, as well as some little caterpillar poo. My initial round of googling didn't turn up anything but in further reading tonight about cutworms I've found some articles that say the young larvae do feed on the foliage and then as they get older they migrate down to the soil level. So I am now leaning towards these being cutworms after all. I hope I don't find any more but I will keep a watchful eye. I've already won a battle with cabbage loopers on my lettuce because I caught them early. Hopefully this will be the case this time too.

SFG in Chicago

Female Posts : 110
Join date : 2010-03-08
Location : Z5 Chicago Suburbs

View user profile http://www.glassfever.net

Back to top Go down

Re: Who's eating my onion leaves?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 12:28 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum