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  • Lily beetle

    A heads up for those of you with lilies….I found one beetle on my potted plant a couple of days ago …..and five today

    Kerp those eyes peeled folks!

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/biodiversity/lily-beetle
    "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

    Location....Normandy France

  • #2
    I don't have any lilies as I have two cats. However I looked up the RHS to see if they are a pest of anything else.

    "Lily beetle and its larvae feed on the leaves of lilies and fritillaries. The adult beetles are very occasionally found on other plants but lilies and fritillaries are the only plants on which eggs are laid and the grubs develop. Plants can produce a good display of flowers despite leaf damage although heavy defoliation in early summer can result in undersized bulbs developing, which may not flower next year."

    I do have fritillaries, so I'll be on the lookout, thanks Nicos.
    Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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    • #3
      Three more over the past few days….
      "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

      Location....Normandy France

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      • #4
        Same here

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        • #5
          About 8 found on my pot of fritillary, plus lots of what looked like tiny red eggs or grubs. It was strange, as the beetles were emerging from under the soil. I took some off the foliage and more kept appearing. I was looking specially after your post Nicos, so thanks.
          Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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          • #6
            I’ve only had 5 more in almost 3 weeks so I’m guessing that might be the lot now for that pot- well, hopefully!

            will keep checking but I’m glad my post prompted you to look Baru- they do so much damage in such a short time
            "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

            Location....Normandy France

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