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coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
edited 11 February in Plants
What's eating my day lilies at this time of year? It's still cold here, but I did catch some red lily beetles last summer. Can they be around in this cold? Thanks 


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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,966
    Not Lilly Beetles, they don't attack Hemerocallis. Probably the usual slugs or snails.
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  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    I am lucky to have a slug free garden, but I will check, thanks. I also thought of collared doves who visit a lot.

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  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    You are right @punkdoc. Here they are, this is new to me. I suppose it's been raining since October... and since I don't use blue pellets I suppose I just have to have a morning inspection. Drat.



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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,691
    My money is on the doves but there are any number of tiny creatures out there in the dark that could have ventured out for an early snack.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,016
    Classical slimester damage @coccinella.  Time to use - sparingly - some organic approved pellets and/or some beer traps.  I also find putting out upturned ceramic pots provides them with shelter where they are easily collected by day and then despatched.
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  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,690
    Is that a mulch around them? They will probably be hiding underneath 🙄
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    I have discovered many and their b******s eggs under the mulch. They are the little black ones with round transparent eggs. All squashed, tomorrow morning I will inspect again. Good idea about the pot.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,016
    Different problem here @coccinella where I have more snails than slugs but the pot trick works for both and the veg plot - lots of composting and mulching - has all sorts of slugs to boot.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    I "liked" your last comment @Obelixx but then I realised that I shouldn't really 🐌.
    I have never said anything on the forum about my slug free garden, better keep quiet 😁. Three years ago they built new houses on the street and they built concrete (yes concrete) fences so the hedgehogs cannot move about anymore. Coupled with the heavy rains I believe this is the reason why I can now join in the general anguish around slugs and snails. 

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