Originally Posted by samc
I've seen birds steal the cones. Could also be that you only found 5 of many green worms. I've had deer pass through my yard without stopping for hops.
I have a robins nest in one of mine, and it's the one with the most cones. They don't seem to be interested in the hops, other than to build the nest.
I'm sure there are plenty more worms than just the 5 found. That's probably where the cones are going.
And samc, the reason the deer didn't stop for the hops is because they're waiting for you to make beer with it.