Limelight Flies

bedelia(6 Rochester NY)August 30, 2009

I live in upstate NY, and this is my second summer for my gorgeous Limelight. However, this summer there's a lot of flies (looks like houseflies) all over the flowers. Is this normal, or is it a bad thing?

I don't see any other insects on it except for bees.

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ostrich(3a AB)

Oh.... if you think Limelight is bad, try Quick Fire!!! QF seems to attract 10 times more flies than Limelight! I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, but it just happens... you have not noticed any damage to the plant, have you? Just checking that you're not referring to anything else that may be bad...

    Bookmark   August 30, 2009 at 3:43PM
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I think all H paniculatas with fertile florets attract pollinators including flies ... they are particularly, magnets to all the flying critters small & big. They don't usually bother anyone, as they are too busy collecting their food supplies for Winter (saving for the rainy days - so to speak!!!) &&&&& too drunk, to be interested in humans!!! They usually come, once the tiny florets flash open.

I've noticed that different flowers, attract certain kinds of flying bugs more than others ... even those tiny guys have their favorites. The black hornets (I fondly call, top guns) seem to prefer all the H paniculatas with fertile florets, I have around ... QF as the earliest to flash is in charge of the 'bugle call' LOL!!!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2009 at 10:42PM
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bedelia(6 Rochester NY)

Thanks for the responses. I was hoping they weren't doing harm. It's just that I never noticed them last year.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2009 at 5:58PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

They're not doing harm. Flies, among them many beneficial kinds, visit flowers to obtain pollen which provides protein the flies need before they can lay eggs.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 7:23PM
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I pulled up this thread because I have the same problem and I was looking for a solution. I have a small yard too and I put a few limelight hedges in for privacy. When my hedges were young i had no flies but now that they're a few years old flies galore (mostly house flies). Because my yard is small I feel like I'm up close and personal with the flies when I sit outside. Is there really nothing I can do about it?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 7:07PM
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You could try attracting birds to the area. Maybe put a bird house or bird feeder.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 12:39AM
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Why not it can't hurt! I'll give it a try. Would citronella candles work?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 10:55PM
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