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flies on my chrysanthemums

Not sure if this is really on topic, but it's a question about living things in a city....

We moved into our new rental house in June. It has two chrysanthemum plants in the front border. I've noticed that the mums have a zillion flies on them whenever I walk by, and the flies are not on the other plants to the same degree.  Why would flies love a chrysanthemum?  I Googled this morning, and the results that appeared seem to indicate that mums tend to keep insects away, not attract them. These flies look like houseflies, about 1 cm long, not tiny gnats. I do have a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water, but it's hung up a couple of yards away, not directly over the mums where it might drip on them.

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cdozo
Aug. 30th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
I can't find anything on flies and chrysanthemums or on specific pollinators for chrysanthemums, but chrysanthemums attract pollinators the flies may be pollinators that are attracted to the 'mums.

Chrysanthemums do contain pyrethrum, which is a natural insecticide. It won't keep away pollinators, but it will provide some protection against critters that might want to eat the plant.
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