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They drop off and fall onto their backs when approached. As their underside is black, they're then hard to spot. As you go to squish them, or remove them, put your other hand underneath to catch them if they drop.
Just noticed my lillies are peeking through the soil so thanks for the timely reminder.
Just found one amongst my pea plants
Wasnt she in Girls Aloud !!
I live in France and have been picking beetles of the lilies for weeks now. Some have started to bloom so must be getting on top of it, but still loads of poo on the lower leaves. I am going to try the olive oil spray tomorrow! Also going to try garlic! Will post results. I have a large garden with different types of lilies in numerous beds so it is time consuming to pick the monsters of them one at a time!
JayV. I squashed 3 today. Two of them were mating so a double whammy there.
I have them this year (got away with it last year but have had them previously). I tried the garlic spray and it just didn't work, and you have to be so quick to get on top of them once they are there, so I had to resort to Pravada spray. I hate using chemicals but I have dozens of Lilies and it worked immediately.
Runnybeak, they always seem to be mating, that's a big part of the problem!!
I am in Derbyshire and I first spotted these beetles last year. They totally destroyed my lilies. I patrol every day now and squish the little blighters and clean the bugs off with kitchen roll. . I didn't realise that Provado could kill bees. I might have to try the garlic and olive oil spray. Does anyone have the quantities of oil, water and washing up liquid?