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Just a word or warning – I SQUISHED MY FIRST LILY BEETLE YESTERDAY!!!!!!

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Oh no. I hope this isnt going to be a big problem for you Wagger. I havent seen any yet fingers crossed.

29 Apr, 2010

 

I squished one today, two yesterday. So far my running total is 7.
I also look under the leafs I have found them on for eggs. These are tiny little red eggs. If found just rub off with your finger, before the grow into grubs that cover themselves in excrement to look like bird poo.
I live in Hampshire by the way if we are looking at where they are in the country.

29 Apr, 2010

 

they have got to east yorkshire but so far so good.

29 Apr, 2010

 

They're disgusting, aren't they, Trees? I missed eggs on one stem last year and it was smothered in a couple of days - Yeugh!!!!!

29 Apr, 2010

 

I think I mentioned that I've found several on the soil in the border - no lilies there, so what are they doing up there? Looking for lilies? Emerging from winter sleep? What? I shall keep looking and checking my pots of lilies, though! YUK!

29 Apr, 2010

 

I was hoping this winter had clobbered a lot of them as I haven't seen any on my fritillarias which is where they normally start here.

29 Apr, 2010

 

These survived, then...Grrrrrrr......

29 Apr, 2010

 

Not for long, though, lol.

29 Apr, 2010

 

Mine did - they 'flipped over' and I couldn't find them. :-(((

29 Apr, 2010

 

Oh crikey - full border alert then! Elephant gun at the ready!

29 Apr, 2010

 

So far so good here but am always on the alert---- I hate them nearly as much as the evil weevil.

29 Apr, 2010

 

They hear me coming, I do know that! They drop off the lily leaves onto the compost (upside down, of course...). I've learned how to get round it - I pick up each pot one by one, and put it in the wheelbarrow. I shake off the ones on the compost and inspect the leaves as well. I have a stone - and SQUISH!

I don't grow lilies in the soil any more. I can put a potful into the border when they're in flower! ;-)))))

29 Apr, 2010

 

ive had about 7/8 in last 10 days wagger ;o((

29 Apr, 2010

 

Ooohhh dear. Here we go! We'll all have to be 'on watch'.

29 Apr, 2010

 

Never seen one but by all your comments i take it there not nice !!! will be on the lookout just incase

29 Apr, 2010

 

OOOooooooooooh... keep squishing Wagger...
you're doing a wonderful job. lol. :o)

29 Apr, 2010

 

cant miss them viv bright red small beetle with eveil look on its face lol

29 Apr, 2010

 

I ticked the like box cos some of the comments made me laugh. I found I had them last year too late and it was a messy job to clean them up. yuk...I have planted in pots this year.

29 Apr, 2010

bjs
Bjs
 

They eat other things besides lilys,Fritillarias & Erythoniums are a favorites and quite a few more,

29 Apr, 2010

 

Horrible critters! :-((((

29 Apr, 2010

 

I couldn't do it, I love insects.

29 Apr, 2010

 

Not this one, Floweryapron - it wrecks the lilies - eats them completely. I don't think you'd like it, except for its bright colour!

Welcome to GOY, by the way. :-)

29 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks!
No, I cannae hurt them. I know these things must be done, I know that, in the real world, but I have always loved the insect nation, they are so beautiful, like little clockwork toys with a tiny manic brain cell.
There's more of them than us you know...

29 Apr, 2010

 

i dont think we'd miss a few lily beetles. they are aliens afterall.

29 Apr, 2010

 

They are ALIENS!!! cool!

29 Apr, 2010

 

Oh dear so Hampshire is not a lily beetle free zone then? I shall be out tomorrow with my gun......!!!!

29 Apr, 2010

 

Sorry to hear you have these. We're lucky here. I've never seen one.

30 Apr, 2010

bjs
Bjs
 

Hywel suggest you dont buy Lilys in growth from Holland or you may well see lots of them

30 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks. I usually but the bulbs because I like to see them grow.

30 Apr, 2010

 

At least being red you can see them! So far I've had 6 on two lillies!! (i'm in Hampshire too!!)

30 Apr, 2010

 

They really are breeding fast, and I gather, moving up the UK to the North, as well. :-((( You're so right, Genuis, it's very lucky that they 'are' red. Imagine if they were green! YIKES!!

30 Apr, 2010

 

just had to look them up,wil watch out for them,the teen thinks their cool coz theyve got poo on them,cooool,dead cool,chris

30 Apr, 2010

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