Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

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nicebutdim
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Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by nicebutdim » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:52 pm

Any suggestions as to what is causing this, I thought it might be snails or slugs but there is no sign of them and the compost is heavily treated with slug killer.
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flounder

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by flounder » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:27 pm

Not sure, but that looks like damage prior to the full expansion of the frond(or leaf as not a divided type). As it reaches maturity the damage would look worse.

nicebutdim
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Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by nicebutdim » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:55 pm

nicebutdim wrote:Any suggestions as to what is causing this, I thought it might be snails or slugs but there is no sign of them and the compost is heavily treated with slug killer.
Since learned it is in fact a birds nest fern ,not Harts fern

kata

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by kata » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:22 pm

Not got that kind, its very nice but,

I had to set off my water feature around my Dicksonia due to eaten fronds. I believe it was white moths which were in my garden all summer.

No other explanation. Once the water was turned on, no more damage.

:mrgreen:

Blairs

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by Blairs » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:19 am

I would say it was caterpillar damage. I am still finding them on plants - one onside has been eating my Begonia luxurians till it caught it at night.

fern Rob

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by fern Rob » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:49 am

It looks like a natural variant to the leaf to me.

kata

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by kata » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:53 pm

It could be Japenese Vine Weevil...or leaf cuter Insect.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client= ... ter+insect

fern Rob

Re: Harts fern tongue bitten to pieces

Post by fern Rob » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:14 pm

vine weevil make jagged marks.

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