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Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

Annie5Annie5 Posts: 16

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

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,902

    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 image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,298

    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.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,902

    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. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,298

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

  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,295

    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.

    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
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