Whole zucchini leaves gone?
One of my black beauty squash plants was plucked bald last night! Whatever it was chewed the stalks off at about 2-3" above the ground...what was an entire 2x2' bushy plant launching into the primetime is now a smallish rosette with a bunch of bare stalks!! The squash plant just inches away from the poor bald one is fine, even has a 3" untouched zucchini on it.
Any ideas about what this leaf stealer could be? I didn't see any debris left over, just missing leaves. Would rabbits or chipmunks do that kind of damage?? They're pretty much the only critter that could get into the garden, besides insects and birds. Last year I had a packrat that was sharing my veggies with me, but it never defoliated any of my plants. I'm on the defense now, just not sure against what...though I'm learning it will probably be futile, I'd like to attempt to prepare!