C.Rayz

C.Rayz

Posted on 07/15/2013


Photo taken on June 25, 2013


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Damage from Hopper Nymphs

Damage from Hopper Nymphs
I noticed a lot of this happening this year where there has been loads of Cuckoo spits which is what the hopper nymphs stay in while they develope. It seems to cause hyper growth and especially hyper blooms on stems that would normally just have one flower head. Its happened to quite a few plants on the patio.

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James Ruddy
James Ruddy
Wouldn't more flowers be better?
5 years ago.
C.Rayz
C.Rayz
Yes James but its just interesting that the damage caused by the nymphs actually does cause the plants to produce more flower, however, I would wonder if they are as effective (reproduction wise).
5 years ago.
James Ruddy
James Ruddy
To me, it seems like a good example of natural selection. More flowers would be able to increase the chances of reproduction wouldn't they? Perhaps this is the response to the nymphs, of the plant, to insure its continued survival. In other words, it's evolving in response to outside stimuli.
5 years ago.