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Lily beetles 2017

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by NigelJ, Apr 2, 2017.

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    Just spotted and killed the first lily beetles of the year. No prizes for guessing what the two of them were upto.
     
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      The ones I see on my Lilies are always wearing Shades, sitting in a Deckchair, and eating ice cream............and I come "out" of the Sun and spoil their holiday for them:snorky:
       
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        Ive only found 1 up to now!! and the fritillaria are untouched,do u think its the weather?:yes:
         
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          I've never seen any, ever. BUT something has chomped my fritillaria imperialis and I'm guessing its slugs :cry3:
           
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            Killed 4 yesterday
             
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              Whatever happened to mother nature's camouflage? Poor lily beetles are so bright red they dont have a chance! :sad: :yay:
              Not many here but they do venture onto other plants too. A spray is very effective but a waste....squashing them when seen controls numbers
               
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                I found a few about a month ago. I squished them, and (touch wood) so far the plants are looking ok. Last year was a lot worse. You have to sneak up on them or they drop off and I can never see them upside down. The grubs are disgusting!
                 
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                  S'like asparagus beetles (same family as lilies). Sneaky little so and so's sidle around the stem to hide! I give myself 5 points for one beetle and 20 points for a copulating pair :yahoo:To be redeemed against a nice glass of dry white in the evening :)
                  @CarolineL Oh you're so right about the grubs....yuk!
                   
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                    Well I claim 25 points today. Oh how many points for jumping on Snails please:hapydancsmil:
                     
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                      Snails are 10 points each :biggrin: or €10 le kg if you chuck them in a bucket and sell them to the neighbours :heehee:
                      Oups! apologies to the mods for the foul language...spit!
                       
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                        I squished 3 lily beetle today,them being not native is the only reasoning i give my guilt ..
                        Snail jumping is just wrong! just collect them and put them in ur green bin less mess and they may get a second chance somewhere else
                         
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                          Been outside looking for slugs n snails......
                          Half a dozen snails to be found despite damp warm evening and a reasonably big garden.
                          :) Hostas totally untouched, for example :hapfeet:
                           
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                            but joolz....my chickens love freshly jumped-on snails! They haven't a clue how to get them out of the shells otherwise! Thrushes 1 - 0 Hens lol
                             
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                              They'd have found your hostas eventually, Verdun :whistle:
                               
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                                Ha ha........possibly :)
                                 
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                                  Are lily beetles fonder of some types of lilies than others. I have a clump of L henryi that very seldom has lily beetles on it and yet near by are a couple of hybrid lilies that I regularly remove the beetles from.
                                   
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                                    Yes I think so Nigel. Never see them on Regal lilies for example but, for some reason, similar lilies are free or attacked. :)
                                     
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                                      They're also supposed to like Fritillaria.:dunno: I actually stopped growing Lilies as I seemed to be killing a growing number over the recent years. But, I was surprised to find 3 growing in a large pot where I thought there was none and, so far, on those plants I have not seen one Lily Beetle. Having said that, I did find just one further away on a young Lupin......suffice to say he/she is no longer in this world.:snorky:
                                       
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                                        !@#$ dammit! They are too cute :(
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                                          Oh dear! being naive (as not knowing what it was) I have see one each year for the past 2 years and as they were a striking colour I just left it alone, never appeared to do any noticeable damage. BUT...I will keep a watchful eye this year. If they start chomping its game on.
                                           

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