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From: The Moth (Cecropian)Jul-27 5:57 PM 
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 1782.1 

I don't know what these wildflowers in training will become but the leaf miners sure do like them.

 

 
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From: The Moth (Cecropian)Jul-28 9:22 PM 
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 1782.2 in reply to 1782.1 

There's virtually nothing left for them to eat!

 

 

 
From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostJul-30 9:53 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (3 of 7) 
 1782.3 in reply to 1782.2 

You're right.  That's a very popular eating spot.  I don't think I've seen that before.

 

 
From: The Moth (Cecropian)Jul-30 10:29 PM 
To: MerlinsDad  (4 of 7) 
 1782.4 in reply to 1782.3 

MerlinsDad said...

I don't think I've seen that before.

Neither have I, at least to this extent.  I should pull the leaves off so it doesn't spread to all the other plants.  I'm not sure why I'm reluctant to do that.

 

 

 
From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostJul-30 10:49 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (5 of 7) 
 1782.5 in reply to 1782.4 

My goodness.  Many families have independently developed that mode of feeding their larvae

A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants. The vast majority of leaf-mining insects are moths (Lepidoptera), sawflies (Symphyta, a type of wasp) and flies (Diptera), though some beetles also exhibit this behavior  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_miner

PUlling off the leaves might not help.

 

 
From: The Moth (Cecropian)Jul-30 10:57 PM 
To: MerlinsDad  (6 of 7) 
 1782.6 in reply to 1782.5 

It has been suggested that some patterns of leaf variegation may be part of a defensive strategy employed by plants to deceive adult leaf miners into thinking that a leaf has already been preyed upon.

How interesting!!  That is so cool....

 

 

 
From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostJul-30 11:00 PM 
To: The Moth (Cecropian)  (7 of 7) 
 1782.7 in reply to 1782.6 

That is indeed very interesting.  Haven't heard that before.

 

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