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What animal eats iris bulbs?

Last Updated: 22nd January, 2020

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Crickets, aphids, moths and moth larvae known as the iris borer are all predators of the iris plant. Although small creatures, they will consume large quantities of the flower foliage if left unchallenged.

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Moreover, do animals eat irises?

Insects. Crickets, aphids, moths and moth larvae known as the iris borer are all predators of the iris plant. Although small creatures, they will consume large quantities of the flower foliage if left unchallenged.

Likewise, what animals eat bulbs? One is burrowing rodents – such as mice, squirrels, voles and chipmunks – that eat bulbs before they ever have a chance to shoot up. The other is above-ground foragers such as deer and rabbits that chew the flower buds off growing plants before they open.

Correspondingly, do squirrels eat iris bulbs?

Unlike larger animals, such as deer, who nibble on leaves and flowers, squirrels get right to the heart of the matter and dig up the bulbs themselves. They will eat just about any bulb if they are starving, but squirrel resistant flower bulbs all have some quality that makes them unattractive.

What is eating my iris buds?

Orthacheta Bud Fly: The bud fly lava is a hybridizer's nightmare, it is a small white maggot that bores into the side of an iris bud to eat the pollen in side. The standards and style arms are usually destroyed in the process. When the blossom opens it is disfigured.

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