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Whats been eating my watermelon tree?

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Linton starts with ...
Somethings been eating all the leaves on my watermelon berry bush and I would like to know what to do about it. It must have happened just in the past day when some animal or insect has come along and eaten all the leaves half off from head to toe on the stem in just one go.

Since I did not see it happen I have no idea what type of creature has caused this. Therefore I would be interested in suggestions as what type of pest may have been responsible along with suitable remedies. As far as I know there are no grasshoppers around here. Thank you.
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Linton
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17th November 2018 5:02pm
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Original Post was last edited: 17th November 2018 7:19pm
Julie says...
Linton, I've never heard of watermelon berry bush. Do you know the Latin name?
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Markmelb says...
Julie here's a link - grow in a fernery
But looks quite seedy?

http://alaskaurbanhippie.com/identifying-wild-edible-watermelon-berries/
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Linton says...
The latin name doesn't really give me any clues as to what pest is eating the leaves but its Streptopus amplexifolius, sometimes called Watermelon Berry - see wiki. You can also see picture of the fruit here:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Streptopus_amplexifolius_13.JPG
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