snails & slugs
Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:14:59 PDT
On 15 Mar 07, at 11:35, Max Withers wrote:

> I've not seen any cutworms around.

Cutworms are nocturnal. To see them, you have to go out after dark 
with a flashlight, tread cautiously, and pay close attention. They 
tend to be very sensitive to vibrations and thuds, and drop to the 
ground in a flash if they think there's a predator nearby.

The climbing cutworms we get here are dismally gray things, some kind 
of moth larva, and their color sometimes makes them hard to see.

I've learned to recognize some of the different styles of damage 
caused by different pests. Climbing cutworm damage to foliage looks 
like someone has torn away fairly large pieces of the leaves. In 
contrast, weevil damage is a notching of leaf margins, and cutter 
bees cut out neat circular pieces about half an inch (12 mm) in 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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