Bean Leaf ruffles

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Date Photo Taken: 07/17/2014
Location: Smyrna GA
Posted By: mcpsmyrna

Notes:

I have noticed curious ruffled edges on some of the leaves on my bean plants but cannot find any bugs. It is only happening on the plants for dried beans & not on my regular green & yellow beans. Otherwise, plants are very healthy. Is this from birds? Let me know what you think. Thanks

COMMENTS

  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks to me like something is eating it. Some creepy crawlies only come out at night.

    July 19th, 2014 at 9:05 am
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    could be either slugs/snails or caterpillars

    July 19th, 2014 at 12:07 pm
  3. Meg Perry Unregistered says:

    I don’t think it’s slugs, snails or caterpillars as there is no evidence of them or their droppings. I’ve seen plenty of insect damage over the years but this is a new one. It looks like pieces of the edge is cut & then folded back almost like a kid’s craft project.

    July 19th, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Compare with long-tail skipper.
    Their normal host plant is desmodium, but they will use our garden beans in a pinch.
    They’re a cool butterfly, and the damage is fairly insignificant, so… I leave them be.

    http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=46

    July 21st, 2014 at 9:14 am

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