What’s eating my avocado?

8 May

Been a bit slack with the posting lately. Bit over 2 weeks to go till my due date and I’ve been busy willing my waters to break using purely the powers of my mind.

My Monday harvest fell to the wayside because I forgot a family dinner and had to rush off for the evening, which was probably a good thing considering I hadn’t picked much more than a single tomato, some celery and herbs.

Today I’m posting only with a question – what the heck is eating my avocado leaves? Whatever it is is both persistent and good at camouflage – I’ve never seen any sign of anything on there, yet it is systematically skeletonising the tree. It’s not a fast process – new leaves seem to be safe up to a point, then they succumb as well. I’m banking on at least one avocado this year, so I need to ket this blighter under control, and pronto!

Actually I lie – I once found this guy on there, but it was only once, and I haven’t seen him since despite continued munching and the pest controller spraying in the vicinity.

I’m getting desperate – any suggestions?

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5 Responses to “What’s eating my avocado?”

  1. Liz May 9, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I have to say when you didn’t do a Monday Harvest post I did wonder if your waters had broken so to speak. I have no idea what’s eating the avocado – could it possibly be slugs or snails – eating at night and hiding during the day?

  2. Lilian May 9, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I thought praying mantis were predators ie they eat insects. Could it be something like grasshoppers/locusts or beetles? My passionfruit seems to have holey leaves as well and I’ve not seen any caterpillars. I find that caterpillars tend to eat from the leaf edges so they don’t tend to leave shot gun type holes in leaves and they tend to go for the younger leaves. Not sure though – I’m no expert.

  3. Jen May 9, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I don’t know about what’s eating your leaves, but smiled at your attempt at mental induction of labour. I was doing the same thing just a few weeks ago- time was going sooo slowly! Hope the birth comes soon and easily!

  4. digging up the dirt May 15, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Oh I suppose now is not really a time you want to hear about your tree if you are about to go into labour. But I expect the damage is either caterpillar which is very good at hiding or even beetle. I have the same thing happening to my Quondong tree. I am hoping these colder nights might just kill them off. Good luck with the tree and birth

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks very much for the info. Yes – the nights have been chilly, haven’t they!

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