I’ve been taking lots of photographs of the Lafayette Community Learning Garden, mostly to take cool looking photographs. But other things sometimes show up in photographs.
These photographs illustrate damage to plants. I assume these types of damage are quite common; there’s nothing new or deeply interesting in them. But they’re interesting to me simply because I’ve got a state in this garden and so am interested in what happens there, though I know relatively little about gardening and the relevant biology.
Cabbage Eaten at the Core
This cabbage was fine on the morning of August 17 at 7:42 AM:
Twelve hours later, at 7:42 PM, it was badly damaged:
Notice the graying in the upper right portion of the head and the destruction at the point where the leaves meet the stem. It appears that insects have been eating the plant. I'm told by an experienced gardener that this cabbage is gone.
Two Inside Jobs
This is a small cucumber as it was when I saw it on the ground (I put it on the edge of one of the wooden bed-frames to photograph it):
It appeared to be hollowed out through two holes which must have been bored either by insects or perhaps a small mammal or bird. I cut it open to verify that it had been hollowed out:
What creature did that, and how?
Here’s a pepper with a hole in it:
Here’s what’s inside that pepper:
You can see the hole at the right. There’s some kind of greyish creature inside at the left, below the midline. A cocoon? The white ‘plates’ at the center and above are seeds.
What would have come out of that pepper if I’d left it alone?