I live in Vegas and have a deck garden; life is hard for those plants and I have put quite a lot of time and effort and love into keeping them alive.
About a month and a half ago I bought a parthenocissus. They're furious climbers and difficult for someone completely inexperienced like me to kill as long as I keep throwing water at it, and in this environment overwatering above the seedling level is a tall order. So I was happy and waiting for the thing to attach to my wall.
It didn't because it needed a transplant and MORE water, which I did and it started to come back. NOW there are tons of holes in it. This has not happened with any of my other plants, and I'm not sure why. I guess those leaves aren't delicious. I couldn't find any mites, worms, caterpillars, larvae, anything.. once I found an inch-worm on a sunflower leaf but it disappeared after a day or two and I haven't seen another since. Once I saw this weird gray bee around it, but Scott looked up gray bees and said they're our friends. So I've been pretty much okay with it hanging out, every so often it will chase me away but whatever. Silly bee, though, I have a miniature rose and a flowering squash, the parthenocissus has no flowers. But that's okay, it'll figure it out and then I won't have to worry about pollenation and everyone wins.
That brings us to today, I saw the bee around and said hi like I always do, told it I was done watering that plant and it was good to go because I talk to bugs I see a lot, and then it hit me. Parthenocissus has no flowers.
I watched it for a while and realized that bastard fucking whatever it is is carving up my fucking plant.
I want it the fuck off my plant. I was unaware that bees that look for all the world like gray honey bees ate plants, and I'm kicking myself for not paying attention sooner. I have kids and pets and a downstairs neighbor with a deck below mine and a neighbor across the way on oxygen who is easily asphyxiated, so anything with a hint of poison is completely out.. and anyway I don't want to kill anything. But I DO want to know what this thing is and how to make my plant taste terrible to it.
I'll get a picture of the thing if I can.
or anyone else who can make it go away without killing everything I hold dear.