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17/04/2014 at 16:36

I wonder if anyone has seen signs of lily beetle on their plants. Yesterday I found one on a penstemon plant.  At first I thought it was a ladybird but it was a lily beetle.  I thought that these beetles were only found on lilies. Needless to say I squashed it but I wonder if anyone else has found any of these beetles on other plants also.  This is first time I have. I normally only check my lilies once they have emerged and pick off any I find

17/04/2014 at 16:43

I found one on my purple sprouting broccoli last week - I think it was en route to the lilies - not any more it isn't 

17/04/2014 at 18:00

Just be careful that they are Lily beetles. There is a Red Cardinal beetle which may be mistaken for Lily beetle. They are gardeners friends not enemies.

17/04/2014 at 18:05

The Cardinal beetle's wingcases are longer, duller and sort of pointed-ish whereas the Lily beetle's wingcases are slightly dimpled and very shiny, like patent leather, and sort of squarish at the tail end. 

17/04/2014 at 21:31

Got good pictures of both somewhere, will try to find them and put them on here.

17/04/2014 at 21:32
17/04/2014 at 22:20

This is the first year I've had any problems (one pot of Fritillaria Uva-Vulpis decimated .... but the other 3 are fine).

Didn't think lily beetles were in my part of Scotland.

Have sprayed all lilies and fritillaria with neem solution .... and doused the soil. Hopefully this will work.

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