Red Lily Beatles
I'm new to the forum this year. I've belonged to many gardening forums in the past, and this one, too, I believe, only with different email addy etc. Had to dump three new pcs when they died and lots alot of info. so am doubly glad to have found this forum.
I'm from Massachusettes; saw an old post frmo a woman in a neighborihng town, Malden..she wrote about having red beatles on her liies. I've got lots and lots of lilys and had planned on getting lots more in the future (ea year). However I am a little brokenhearted. After I spent all of my money on my garden, and much on lilys, I discovered most of them were eaeten by red beaetle like bugs last year. On some the greenery was totally destroyed but on others damage was somewhat less evident.
I suffre from alot chronic illness and pain and am forced to be indoors away from my yard much of the year and of course this is always unperdictable> It leads to alot of heartache and wasted funds. Point is that I couldn't find all of the beatles and just pluck them off last year. Besides by the time damage was done they were alreaady here.. I assume they will be here again this spring to ruin my photo shoots>(I am working on an outdoor photography studio and they are a large part of what I shoot...or were)
I don't know anything about the habits of thee creatuers or even their name> Can anyone enlighten me? I wonder if any of you have devised a way to pervent them from returning years after they arrive, and if there is an easy effective way to dispose of them to put it nicely. The little buggers are really making life misearble for me ruining my cherished lilys which are all over the entire property of 2+ acres. I got many of them from Waysidse Garends and wonder where folks got theirs (who have bugs). I have only ordered them from a few places so I can narrow it down; mostly online gardening stores.
I was able to obtain many seeds from them in the fall and wonder if they will be infected as well? I'll post seperately on how/when to plant the seeds etc.
Thanks to anyone who can be of help. And thakns for helping me find a way to beat the winter doldrums and share one of my passions.