Do you know what made the vertical marks on these cattail leaves? All guesses welcome (under “comments”) – Tomorrow’s post will reveal the answer.
This entry was posted on August 26, 2014 by Mary Holland. It was filed under Mystery Photo .
August 26, 2014 at 11:51 am
Ermine scratches when they are reaching for yummy old dried bug bodies. Can remember what they are called.
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August 26, 2014 at 11:57 am
My guess is birds, like red wing black birds and sparrows.
August 26, 2014 at 11:59 am
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August 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm
North American Panda (rare) clawmarks.
Hilarious! I’m guessing then our Panda is quite small – as well as rare.
August 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm
could dragonfly and damsel flies have made these marks?
August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm
My guess is a Fusarium fungus or other blight
August 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm
I think these are the scars left by damsel or dragonfly laying eggs. But I don’t know what kind. Many just drop their eggs in the water, but I’ve watched Lestes females ovipositing in water lily leaves.
Red wing blackbirds, they are amongst them throughout the day on my pond. BF…
August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm
August 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Clawmarks from red-winged blackbirds?
August 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm
August 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Sand , as the tide rises and falls ? ( but then the marks might be diagonal )
August 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Dragonfly eggs. Maybe a darner?
August 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm
August 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm
I would guess oviposition marks where insects laid their eggs. This might be one of the dragonflies that inserted its eggs into the cattail leaves and left those marks.
August 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm
I would have to agree with the Panda theory.
Insect damage, due to either larvae or eggs inside tubes of the reed
August 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm
August 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm
A red-winged black bird pecking to find insect larvae inside the cattails to eat.
August 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Dragon Flies ovipositing (laying eggs)
August 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm
August 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm
Could it be a red-wing blackbird claws?
Love your posts.
August 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm
What do we win? 🙂
August 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm
most likely one of the female Mosaic Darner Dragonflies who deposited the eggs with her hooklike ovipostior as she went in a downward line along the leaves of the Flag plant, I think it is
August 27, 2014 at 11:27 am
whoops didn’t read cattails-so interested in the pattern-it IS early in the day for my eyes, but I still do think it is the same insect-curious to know!!!
August 27, 2014 at 11:28 am
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