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Asiatic Lilies

Posted by moxiecola MA (My Page) on
Tue, May 23, 06 at 16:07

I have quite a few lilies planted in my garden. Every year these red oval shaped beetles attack them. First they mate on the the lilies, lay their eggs on the leaves/stem, then they eat every leaf off the plant-so it's naked. Luckily they don't touch the flower but the plant looks kind of silly with nothing but a stem and some petals. I have tried different pesticides to kill these beetles but nothing seems to work. I would like to know if anyone else has had trouble with these pests. How did you get rid of them and do you know what kind of beetle they are?


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RE: Asiatic Lilies

  • Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
    Fri, May 26, 06 at 17:26

You have Lily Beetles. Most sites recommend a heavy determined "squishing campaign". If your lilies are defoliated every year they will eventually die out - since the bulb will not get nourishment from the leaves photosynthesis. Google "lily Beetle" (with the quotes so it searches as a phrase).

Here's one link, but there are many more.
http://www.rcgardens.ca/factsheets/factsheets/neem.html

-Helen

Here is a link that might be useful: One Lily Beetle Link


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