Arrival of Dreaded Red Lily Beetles
This is bad news for anyone who grows lilies. Red Lily Beetles are here and I've got them. They are a real menace, imported from Eurasia, and have no natural predators on this continent. As a bonus, the larva are some of the more disgusting critters you are likely to come across in the garden.
I'm in west Bellevue. I may have had them by late last summer, but in my blissful ignorance, I didn't know what they were or notice them. This spring I heard that they had been reported by others in Bellevue, and I figured it out. So far, Neem has been great. I sprayed once and didn't see any activity for over a week. Then I started to see adults again and a few larva showed up, so I sprayed again, about 11 days after the first application.
Here's a link. Read it and weep: