Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:33
hi, everyone, i found a Canadian Website yesterday with quite a bit of info regarding the Lillie Beetles and it was very interesting.
Basically, they said the Lillie beetle has no known predators in England just now.
However, some time ago Canada was overrun with them and they consequently invented an organic pesticide to keep the numbers under control.
They are now working with the British powers that be in the development of a pesticide for us and are hopeful to have something in the near future.
They also said that Lillie Beetles lay thier eggs in spring on the underside of the plant leaves cover them in poo, and the babies hatch out six or seven weeks later. They grow by eating leaves and aim for the flower buds before falling into the soil below to pupate, (which I guess we already know this)
The adult beetle then take over around late summer to finish the job.
They said, If you suspect the Lillie beetle is attacking your plant, look at the bottom of your plant about half an inch into the soil as this is were they hang out before surfacing to eat, or reproduce, but you must be ready to catch them before they jump or fly.
I suppose we just have to keep doing what we are doing until a pesticode is developed, but I didn't know they hide in the soil so maybe this is another way of catching the little blighters and if we can catch the babies that's a bonus ha ha 😅