Carnation growers are troubled by " something that eats the flower buds at night - they do not know what." Mr. Henry Woltemate, a florist of Germantown, watching his plants by night, has detected the marauders. They are the common variegated cut worm, (larvae of Agrotis Saucia.) Professor Riley says. They go down again to the earth by daylight. A little care in hunting for them about the roots of the plant will soon rid a carnation house of their presence. As they are nearly 1/2 inch long and proportionately thick, they are easily seen.