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Re: Iris borer

On Tue, 7 May 1996, Simone Clark wrote:

> Could somebody tell me what an iris borer turns into? Is it a moth, a beetle 
> or something else?

Chris replies:

The iris borer grows and matures as a larvae while it eats the rhizome, it 
then leaves the rhizome and pupates in the nearby soil where it hatches into 
an adult moth. This is a seldom seen nocturnal grey-black moth 
which then lays its eggs in late summer on garden debris or handy iris 
plants. The eggs overwinter and in the spring the cycle begins again...  

Chris Hollinshead e-mail: bu336@torfree.net
Mississauga, Ontario Canada

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