Lily leaf beetles eating nicotiana
I thought I avoided the little monster plague by not having any lilies in my garden. I bought a bunch of species nicotiana alata for the scent on my patio and today I find them positively swarming with these things. I don't want to use poison so I guess I am left to hand picking, but I admit I am squeamish about that. I have no trouble handpicking the japanese beetles, but these look so red and, well, scary!
So someone tell me to get over it, plese. :-) The only alternative is to rid the garden of nicotiana as well. I will certainly not be buying it next year, and if I ever had doubts about my lily-less garden they are assuaged!