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Re: CULT: aphids and butterflies

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: aphids and butterflies
  • From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <jcwalters@bridgernet.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 20:26:53 -0600



> From: GardnrJan1@aol.com
>       Regarding the aphids,  we get them very early here because our
winters 
> are so mild (usually).   I always simply opt for squishing them all with
my 
> glove covered hand, removing leaves that have them down in the leaf base.
   
> And I have noticed some iris varieties I have just don't seem succeptable
to 
> aphids.    I have had some iris flowers eaten from time to time, would
this 
> be from aphids also?    

Janet,

The structure of aphids' mouthparts are such that they are only capable of
sucking juices from plants and cannot chew, so it is unlikely that they are
the culprits who are eating your flowers. 

Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4/5, Sunset Zone 2, AHS Zone 7)
jcwalters@bridgernet.com




 

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