Red Lily Beetles are here!
I'm really ticked off! Today is the first nice day to be in the garden and what do I find as I just worked my way around the side garden toward my clumps of lilies? Red Lily Beetles absolutely covering my plant plus larvae, or some such thing, underneath the leaves (which have holes in them). This is the first time I've seen them here in 10 years! West Haven, CT, Zone 6b, can be added to Claire's list.
So --- do I cut all the plants down and dig up the bulbs? Then burn them?
Spray? (I can't believe I'm saying that!) Pretty difficult when rain is in the forecast for this afternoon, and the beginning of next week, but I'm desperate.
I read Claire's complete post when I searched this forum. The ones on my plants are definitely beyond the hand-picking stage --- too many. I don't expect my plants to survive and am more worried about the spread of these beetles.