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Earwig Caught Red-Handed

Common Earwig

Common Earwig

Slowly, over the last several days, our swiss chard seedlings have died.  In each case it appeared as though the stem had rotted or snapped just below the leaf.

Last night, I went to look at the potting tray about 1am.  I found a small earwig nibbling the last remaining swiss chard just below the leaf. The earwig ran off and today that seedling looks like the others.

According to Wikipedia, earwigs look for dampness during dry weather, and their diet includes tender shoots and seedlings.

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  1. margaret
    June 1st, 2009 at 07:19 | #1

    Loved this post and the detective work that went with it! –A faithful reader.

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