Anyone else sick of squishing lily beetles?

ornata(London UK (8/9?))April 16, 2007

It's only mid-April, and lily beetles have been hard at work for the past couple of weeks. Every time I'm out in the garden I have to squash about 30 of the vile, red, orange-goo-filled beasts. They seem to concentrate mainly on the lilies that are in the hottest locations. Also their absolute favourites seems to be L martagon, which are now peppered with holes. They're quite partial to my fritillaries too. I'm dreading the arrival of the excrement-covered larvae which can seemingly strip a plant overnight; I do squish them with my bare hands but accompany the process with bizarre facial grimaces and noises of disgust...

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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

Keep squishing ;)

Knock on wood, but we don't have them out this far west yet. I feel for you.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 3:25PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Not in our area - yet. Will dread the day they come, because I don't keep up with pests. My condolences, it sounds like a drag.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 8:05PM
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opheliathornvt zone 5

Yes!! I'm after them all the time because of how much damage they do and I seem to have a real infestation of them this year, even though I've been religious about killing them. Hate them!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 9:09PM
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Mainiac(5b Maine)

I visited a local gardener yesterday who gardens organicly and she swears by this product for controlling Red Lily Beetle. Gotta get me some to try this year!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 21, 2007 at 6:58AM
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yes! I feel your pain, they have taken over my lilies in Midcoast Maine now, it's terrible. I didn't have this problem last summer.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 8:06PM
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I just read somewhere that even after squishing the little buggers you aren't supposed to leave them there. Does anyone know why? Am I defeating the purpose of doing all that picking? Even if noboby knows I think I'll be more careful just incase. Such a pain! These guys started popping up in my garden a few years back. Unfortunately the first year I only noticed after they'd reached the disgusting poop larvea stage. Yuck doesn't describe it.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:27AM
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Oh Dear.
I just stick my nail in them, break them in half and drop them. I have been finding them for about 3 weeks at least already this spring.
I forgot that I planted a giant fritillaria last fall-the first one that I have ever had. I checked it a couple of days ago and it was loaded with them. It's like a magnet for all of the lily beetles that are flying around. Most of the rest are in my old patch of orange tiger lilies. I have found very few in my patches of good bulbs. I spread Diatomaceous earth around twice this spring so maybe it is helping.
Just keep picking!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 5:03PM
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