lladnar's picture

Lilly Beetle squeeking

Has anyone noticed that when you gently stroke a lilly beetle with a paintbrush it emits a high pitch squeek. I have filmed this and sent the video to springwatch but as they have not replied I am assuming they think this was a joke. It is not! my sister found one in her garden and did the same and it squeeked as well. Has anyone else observed this?

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CJT's picture

Lily Beetle Squeeking

I noticed this when I was removing lily beetles from my fritillaries. I collected them in a jar for disposal and could hear them squeeking quite plainly.

HM Murdock's picture

Lily Beetle

Lily beetles do indeed squeak when distressed - see UK Safari website (they have an audio of said beetle squeaking!) Nice!