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Found my first one a couple of days ago
Oh... I absolutely detest lily beetles - another pest to make our lives difficult in the garden. I have squashed them on the stone path and I hate the squishy noise and colour. Birds and other prey do not seem interested in them. I have almost given up growing lilys because of these pesky red beetles. I have some white arum lilies that are not affected. They dont seem to go for my orange coloured day lilies either. I will try the remedies you suggest if I have another go at growing the lovely white lilies.
Before removing the beetles place a light coloured cloth under the plans. The beetles will drop of and land on their backs resulting in them dissapearing in the soil as they are black. They can easily be seen on a light cloth.
I saw- and squished five a couple of days ago but haven't seen any since. I find myself keep getting up and inspect all my lilies every time I try to sit down to relax
Found they are nearly always in twos. I'm checking at least twice a day. I grub around under the foliage place one hand underneath it and grab with the other they drop and play dead but usually catch them. Then it's curtains. If you water the lilies and wait a while they come to upper leaves to dry off. They wrecked my plants last year. War here!
thankyou for all these comments I have found them very interesting I have had my orange lily devastated the last two years. they are very clever beetles and the lava well amazing. I will indeed try spraying with oil. Does anyone know does this nastiness stay in the soil or on the bulbs?
I tried the coffee grounds this year and no beetles Lilly's looking great