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01/03/2014 at 19:21

Most other spring bulbs, that I've observed, either drop their petals, or they shrivle and turn brown. All I can see from the several clusters of snowdrops around my area,(Shropshire UK) is just seed heads, no petals around. remaining flowers half eaten. Curious?

01/03/2014 at 19:50

Happens to mine too - but only after having a good show from them for a few weeks - would love to know what, or who, causes it

01/03/2014 at 20:41

Birds, especially pheasants sometimes eat snowdrop petals, there are no known bugs which eat the petals although Narcissus Flies do lay eggs on them, and their larvae do eat the bulbs.

As both of you live in country area's the pheasant may be the culprit.

01/03/2014 at 20:47

mine are in full bloom no problems at all,grown amongst the grass dont know if this makes a difference

01/03/2014 at 21:15

The ones I've seen are on rockeries and in grass land. The damage seems too subtle for pheasants?

It's not a worry. They flower well year after year (apparently)

Just wondering what is eating the flowers? Perhaps it pollinates them too?

01/03/2014 at 21:27

My snowdrops always looked pecked after flowering too Ritchard and I assumed it was those cheeky sparrows again.  Although semi rural here I have only ever seen a pheasant once in the garden so it's not them.  

01/03/2014 at 22:40

Seems more evenly chewed than roughly pecked? And only a few at a time. Near-by blooms un touched?

01/03/2014 at 23:20

Other birds will also peck at snowdrops, and there are at present no known insects which eat the snowdrop, so if someone can set up a camera to film it, then maybe you can help identify the culprit.

01/03/2014 at 23:50

I think the flowers just begin to look tired & begin decaying, I don't think they are being eaten.

14/02/2016 at 13:37

our snowdrop petals are being eaten by something, never seen this before - any ideas?

14/02/2016 at 14:41

The snails and slugs here have survived this winter, so far and they definitely eat Snowdrop petals. However, I think that under normal conditions, the petals desiccate very quickly down to a tiny brown wisp,which drops on to the soil and is hard to see.

18/02/2016 at 11:15

We have a lot of snowdrops grown in grass and under apple trees. The petals have been devastated pieces have been eaten out of them. Not sparrows - we don't have any. Not pheasants. Slugs must have changed their diet or could it be voles or wood mice? The leaves, stalks and seed heads are not touched.

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