crickets #)($%&$$#&*(%!

Jim McKenney
Thu, 06 Sep 2007 20:15:18 PDT
In the earlier post on this topic I blamed crickets. 

I got home late tonight and went out into the garden with a flashlight to
check the colchicum. Evidently I blamed the wrong critter. Tonight I found
the flowers covered with clusters of pill bugs (aka sow bugs and lots of
other names; they are terrestrial crustaceans of the order Isopoda). 

I don't really know anything about the eating habits of sow bugs. Most
sources describe them as eating dead vegetation. Maybe the pill bugs were
only eating nectar. 

Something is chewing and eating the tepals of the colchicum right down to

Ideas, anyone?

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where bottle gentians are

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