Classic signs of cutworm. Luckily, I have some extra Jalapeno seedlings that will take its place, but before replanting, I attempted to find the little culprit:
I dug through the square looking for the little grey worm, but failed to find it. Not taking any chances, I utilized a tip that Daphne of Daphne’s Dandelions mentioned recently of using last years hosta stems to prevent the cut worm from surrounding the stems:
I added hosta stems to all the peppers in this bed. Thanks for the tip, Daphne!