Merodon equestris

Peter Taggart
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:33:19 PST
The most vigorous Narcissus and other related bulbs respond to these flys
as if they had been twin scaled, an increase in bulb numbers results. N
bulbocodium is certainly not immune here, nor is L aesivitum, but they both
survive the fly and enough mature bulbs survive to put up plenty of
flowers, with extra vegetative increase!
Peter (UK)

On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM, Rodger Whitlock <> wrote:

> Some cultivars/clones are more attractive than others.

> but bulbocodium hybrids such as 'Dove Wings'
> and its siblings seem immune. I say *seem* immune, but it might be a matter
> more of their earlier flowering, or it might be that they multiply strongly
> enough that the bulb fly doesn't do much harm to them.
>   And again to demonstrate the fickle tastes of Merodon,
> Leucojum aestivum seems [there's that word again] immune.
> And some galanthus forms survive in good heart. The commmon double form of
> Galanthus nivalis is not uncommon as a feral plant in locations that are
> very
> wet in winter. Perhaps the fly larvae drown?

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