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I have just noticed some horrible looking insects on my outdoor lilies, they are black/redish in colour and rather knobly looking. All of the leaves are dead which i at first put down to the weather and now these insects have attached themselves to the flower buds. How can i get rid of tgem and should i cut the plant down to the soil to grow again . This plant belonged to my mum who i lost 14 years ago so its of great sentimental value. The plant is in a pot if this helps. Many thanks




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Could be lily beetle larvae, in which case you need to squish them quick!! Have there been any bright red beetles in the same area? If so these are the parents and they need squishing too!! A shame I know but otherwise there will be no lilies!!!! usually the larvae stick to the underside of the leaves and are covered in what looks like bird poo, disgusting.

17 Jun, 2012

 

Could also be ladybird lavae, they are nobbly as well, i would google them and see which they look like before squishing

17 Jun, 2012

 

My first thought was of ladybird larvae, goodies, but most of you have to be aware of lily beetle. I would follow Jenfren's advice and check both out on google.

17 Jun, 2012

 

Hi guys, thanks for the tips, i have compared pics of ladybird larvae and lili beetle and its definitely the latter. I had hoped that i wouldnt have to squish them but it looks like the only option.....at least they're not pretty!

Thanks again and have a great week.

17 Jun, 2012

 

:( boo hiss to the evil bugs, glad you spotted them and took action xxx

17 Jun, 2012

 

I keep a flat stone beside the lillies just for squishing the darn blighters. Watch them, they are crafty. As soon as they see you coming, they drop onto the soil upside down, and you can't see them as their undersides are black. Catch them in a cup.

18 Jun, 2012

 

Everybody says they drop off but two of mine flew away like ladybirds! I did catch the others in a cup Sophie - great minds...

18 Jun, 2012

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