Narcissus Bulb Fly - Merodon
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 15:01:27 PDT
A few further remarks/factoids regarding the narcissus flies:

1. They have a distinctive whine on the wing. It may be feasible to 
offer children a bounty on each dead one brought in, since the whine 
makes it fairly easy to distinguish the villains from bees, hover 
flies, and suchlike similar winged critters.

2. They are not restricted to Amaryllidaceae: I once found one 
chewing up a Hyacinthus bulb, one of the standard large flowered 
cultivars sold widely.

3. They are esp strongly attracted to Chlidanthus.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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