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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:20 pm 
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I have no idea which Order Diptera critter layed eggs on this bloom. I swear that as of last night the bud was still sealed tight. Those maggots had to hatch within hours. I have not noticed the pollinators but judging from the odor I would guess Blow Fly. We can smell the single bloom from several feet away.
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peee u!,
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:01 pm 
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Great flower and observation! From several feet away - that's some odiferousness on display.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:28 am 
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I noticed that several hours later all magots had disappeared. I suspect starvation.
I know the fruit fly larva will starve in about 4 hours. With no carrion to feed on they might just die and fall off.
The other possibility is there is a night critter that needed a little protein.
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