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Limelight Flies

Posted by bedelia 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 30, 09 at 15:28

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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RE: Limelight Flies

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...


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RE: Limelight Flies

  • Posted by ditas z4b-5 Iowa (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 30, 09 at 22:42

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!!!


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RE: Limelight Flies

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


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RE: Limelight Flies

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 3, 09 at 19:23

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.


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RE: Limelight Flies

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?


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RE: Limelight Flies

You could try attracting birds to the area. Maybe put a bird house or bird feeder.


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RE: Limelight Flies

Why not it can't hurt! I'll give it a try. Would citronella candles work?


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