Who has been munching on my Carolina Reaper ?

by Ellie
(Cape Town)

This bug has a taste for the hottest chili in the world, the Carolina Reaper

This bug has a taste for the hottest chili in the world, the Carolina Reaper

Dear Caroline

Today I found this severely chewed leaf on my Carolina Reaper, the hottest chili in the world. Which insect could have done this, and why do they love the hottest peppers, doesn't the burning sensation repel these bugs ?

Ellie

Comments for Who has been munching on my Carolina Reaper ?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 27, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
could it be a snail ?
by: Caroline

Hi Ellie

My sympathies !

I had a good look at your photograph, which is quite crisp by the way. Well done ! I can see heart shaped holes, as if the animal bent left and ate in a curved path, and then bent the other way with a large flexible head and ate out another curve. It could be a caterpillar, yet the shape of these curves reminds me very much of a snail's head shape. The tip of its retractable front end is equipped with a radula, or combed and toothed tongue, which it comes out of its mouth (like ours, but the snails are not being intentionally rude...I think) and which it uses to rasps away at leaves like a sort of biological chainsaw... I posted some pictures of the radula and typical snail eating patterns very like your own problem on the chili leaf, on pinterest at

https://za.pinterest.com/ckloppert/garden-denizens-insects-fungi-and-more
so that you can compare. If you examine the holes with a lens or two pairs of reading glasses, does the edge of the hole look as if it has been sawn off with a miniscule set of very sharp teeth, making it slightly toothed itself ? Have a look around the plant and see if you can find the culprit skulking in a hidy hole till it gets dark.

And thank you for putting knowledge before raw power and not zapping the whole plant with chemicals !

my respect

Caroline

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Are you a home gardener ?.

Recent Articles

  1. eggs from a Cabbage White ?

    Oct 16, 17 02:26 PM

    That white butterfly on the mustard flower looks like a Cabbage White, and the interwebs says we'll soon have a brassica massacre... These do look very

    Read More

  2. and now they are blooming brassicas

    Oct 13, 17 02:27 PM

    Flowering mustard and Chinese cabbage are lovely in the late afternoon light, and someone else agrees with me

    Read More

  3. harvesting cypress seeds

    Oct 13, 17 02:09 PM

    The seeds of the tall cypress, Cupressus sempervirens can be harvested by collecting closed cones and placing them in a box on the windowsill. In a few

    Read More

BLUE GARDEN FLOWER ALBUM 

HOW TO CONTROL FRUITFLIES

How to make good Compost.

HOW TO MAKE GOOD COMPOST