(Closed) bees who know about gardeningand garden pests

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Chilis, like spicy chilis? Animals generally dislike capsaiasin, so I doubt it would be a bird or an animal.

First reaction would be a neighbor.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Couldn’t tell you. 🙁

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If it was an animal, they might eat the pepper, or the leaves, or the stem, but most likely you’d see some debris left behind that they didn’t eat.  I can’t think of anything animal or insect that would make the whole plant disappear.  I’d lean towards it was a person because the whole thing is gone.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

I don’t know, I would have a hard time believing it was a person if only for the fact that the containers are still there, why wouldn’t they just take it all?  I don’t know where you live but deer, rabbits and raccoons are fairly notorious for eating Chili plants around here, birds and mice may also be culprit.  You won’t always see debris left behind, often wind/smaller critter/or the culprit itself will eat the whole thing, particulary if their normal food sources are scarce.  

Perhaps I just don’t want to think that someone would be strange or cruel enough to rip a plant down for no reason.  It’s hard to see the cut but it looks like what my pepper plants looked like when the bunnies got in my garden.

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