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CULT: Borer Resistance

In a message dated 1/31/05 12:24:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
laurief@paulbunyan.net writes:

<<  I  would assume, however, that the smaller the rhizomes, the less 
appealing to borers. >>

Notwithstanding the awsome power of insect instinct and all that interesting 
stuff Schopenhauer said about the young stag beetle making its burrow large 
enough to accomodate the horns it had not yet grown, I'd consider the fact that 
at egg laying time the imago moth may not actually be seeking out the largest 
rhizomes as such, since it does not, so far as I am aware, eat them, but is 
definitely known to be looking for accumulated dead foliage, and, simpleminded 
as it may sound, perhaps the larger rhizomes just mean better trash, and a 
slightly more protected area at the base of the fans.The newly hatched eggs are 
likely going to feed on what is at hand, although I do recall reading they they 
have been seen moving from the tips of one leaf to another. 

Anner Whitehead
Richmond VA USA

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