If the leaves of your late-planted beans are looking a little odd around the edges – with bits snipped and folded over – fear not!
Even though there is probably a caterpillar under each little snip-and-fold, they will not (usually!) do too much damage.
These caterpillars are the larvae (babies) of a Long Tailed Skipper butterfly, which is a Georgia native.
The snipped leaf-edges you can see in the pictures are in my garden right now. I pulled back one of the folded-over pieces to show you the caterpillar inside. When the little guy gets bigger, his head will be bright red. This is one more feature, besides the odd damage on the leaves, that makes this caterpillar easy to identify.
These come every year to my late-planted beans. The first year I saw them in abundance, though, was 2012. I made a little video, with the help of my younger son, to tell gardeners about them.
You can see it, too: