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What's eating my verbena?

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user1494670108 Tue 12-Jun-18 17:28:32

It seems to eat a lot of one leaf and leave others and seems worst lower down the plant although there are some high up.
Do I cut them off or do I need a chemical?

MrsBertBibby Tue 12-Jun-18 23:09:52

I'd check the plant for caterpillars. Please don't use insecticide. We need our pollinators.

user1494670108 Wed 13-Jun-18 08:46:42

Thanks, can I just pick caterpillars off? Or if I prune it to get more air around it will the birds find them?
I don't want to use chemicals, it's due a prune anyway so I'll try that

LapdanceShoeshine Wed 13-Jun-18 15:26:06

That’s not verbena?

LapdanceShoeshine Wed 13-Jun-18 15:27:19

Is it viburnum? I always mix those names up!

Can’t help with muncher offhand but will look in my Expert book

LapdanceShoeshine Wed 13-Jun-18 15:40:36

Looks most like the cockchafer?

Right time of year too.

user1494670108 Wed 13-Jun-18 15:49:08

Thank you, for both the name and the id of the mystery muncher, I've trimmed it today but I'll check out the advice you've posted now.
Love Mumsnet for this type of thing!!

LapdanceShoeshine Wed 13-Jun-18 16:21:54

Me too - I’ve just come for clematis advice smile

campion Mon 18-Jun-18 15:57:20

www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=556

I think this is your problem. I've had similar but mine has been much more severely munched. I've cut it right back and will try and ...err...compromise the development of next year's larvae.

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