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Bandicoots and stripped leaves

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Velella starts with ...
Suddenly my apple trees and plum trees have a peculiar ragged appearance Each leaf is partially eaten but no branches broken Always new growth
At the same time long nosed bandicoots have appeared , never before. They are being caught in my fox trap baited with chicken.
Hesitate to link the two events but I think that’s the explanation. The problem is severe.
Sugar gliders another possibility but have not heard them vocalising.
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SPRINGWOOD,2777,NSW
9th January 2024 1:17pm
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TyalgumPhil says...
Bandicoots dont climb so unlikely to be the problem. Leafcutter bees can leave a pattern that you describe, semicircular edges, common in that group of plants. Youre lucky to have them in your garden.
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Velella says...
Hmm, bandicoots are equipped to climb , are omnivores, eat fruit
I wonder if they are responsible.
Leaf cutter bees do a neat excision of the leaf, very recognisable.
My leaves are jewel and frayed.
Thanks for your thoughts
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30th January 2024 8:52am
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Edward3 says...
With my plum and cherry trees, the culprit is the possum. They also eat up new mango leaves and flowers. If your trees are away from other trees, fence, overhead wires, then a slippery sleeve made of sheet metal placed around the trunk would be a good solution.
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