What's eating my bulb flowers?

Stephen Putman putman@pobox.upenn.edu
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:06:29 PDT

On 3/11/2013 4:40 PM, Rodger Whitlock wrote:
> This spring, my crocus flowers have been eaten by some unknown critter. The
> flower buds are nibbled down to next to nothing, but the foliage is intact.
> Other flowers affected include Cyclamen coum, where the entire flower and calyx
> are neatly nipped off, and some anemones. In many cases, there are fragments of
> the flower scattered on the soil below.
> Potential malefactors:
> birds
> deer
> squirrels
> rats
> mice
> slugs
> earwigs
> Initially I thought it was slugs, but a scattering of slug bait yielded no dead
> ones. There are deer around, but I've seen no evidence of them lately. Only one
> squirrel in residence that I know of. Live traps baited with peanut butter
> haven't caught anything yet, but those can sometimes take weeks to catch a
> rodent.
> I've been in this house nearly 25 years and never seen damage like this before.
> Suggestions?

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