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Lily Beetle

Observed: 19th May 2010 By: marilynmmarilynm’s reputation in Invertebratesmarilynm’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Red iridescent beetles on one of my lilies ... I thought they were pretty until I looked them up and realised what they were

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lily Beetle (Lilicoceris lilii) interacts

Comments

Kluut's picture

A curse

Both beetles and larvae are amazingly destructive of any and all lilies.

Jonathan's picture

Indeed they are. All my

Indeed they are. All my lilies were badly affected last year, leaves were killed and the bulbs unable to grow enough to produce plants of any decent size this year. As a result, I've decided not to grow asiatic lilies any more. Daylilies are an alternative that are not affected, but I have to admit that they are really a poor substitute for the asiatic ones.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)