Bee or not Bee

Adam Fikso
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 16:47:25 PDT
I have seen no evidence of Merodon locally and have many dozens of 
undamaged narcissus and  daffodils.  BUT... am spooked by the idea that it 
might have invaded an arisaema (unknown species with very large 
tuber--possibly asperatum  ) which had begun to rot and showed a small pale 
annulate 3/4" worm emerging from the main growing node after I put pressure 
on it to see how soft the tuber was  this afternoon.  If that was not a 
larva of Merodon what could it be?  I haven't heard of any invertebrate 
animal pests of Arisaemas.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nhu Nguyen" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bee or not Bee

> Hi David,
> What you're seeing is probably a carpenter bee, a relative of bumblebees.
> Nhu
> On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM, David Ehrlich 
> <>wrote:
>> Dear members
>>   I have, in past years, had an interesting insect hover about my plants,
>> including my dwarf Meyer Lemon.  The insect looks like a rotund shiny,
>> solid-black bumblebee.  It never seems to land; it just hovers about the
>> flowers.  I live on the San Francisco Peninsula.  Does anyoine have an 
>> idea
>> of what this insect is?
>> --
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