What is eating my plants?

Asked June 14, 2019, 11:33 AM EDT

Hello, I rented two plots in Farmington community garden this year first time. I can’t figure out what has been eating my plants. It seems to eat certain plants like cabbages, cauliflowers, but never touch tomatoes, eggplants and green peppers. It just cuts/bites the putter leaves, see attached picture. I know it’s not deer or rabbits, but can’t figure out what animals or worms...

Dakota County Minnesota

2 Responses

The holes in the leaves could be caterpillar damage, probably either imported cabbage worm or Diamondback larva. Both of these winter over and you may have inherited them from whoever had the plat last year. I would look around the plant leaves for the frass (droppings) of the caterpillars for a firm ID.

The fact that the leaves are being cut off (if I interpret the photo correctly) may indicate cutworms. These to attack cole crops. Here are a couple of references.

That’s it, cutworms!
Thank you so much for the answer!