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Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    lucky, how absolutely perfect image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Adam PascoAdam Pasco Posts: 90

    Well Lucky3, that sounds like perfect biological recycling!

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Keep the old teastrainer in your pocket - it helps to catch them, as they turn upside down when they fall you can't see their red backs, their underneaths are black/brwn so they virtually disappear.  if you want to use chemicals Prvado does work.  They come out in the warmth and then I have a great time collecting them up in their large numbers, taking them to the hard standing and then JUMPING on them - hard!! My neighbours have given up even noticing my odd behaviours so this is just one more they can ignore as well.  P.S. I wouldn't use the teastrainer you use for your earl grey, an old plastic one is fine!

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

     What I forgot to add is that I collect them in a container  put a bit of cling film on top if I havent got the lid . Since I have quite a few lillies they mount up pretty quick . So I share them out amongst my carniverous plant funnels .  When Ive got about 8 in the same funnel the beatles make a weird squealing sound  . and I tell them  "that just serves you right , you've had your last taste of MY lillies !".

    Yes Verdun  I am .!

  • JessdinesJessdines Posts: 30

    Lol. Funny lot image

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I've only seen one this year so far (in Kent) and that was sitting on my ceanothus!

    I hope I haven't tempted fate, but I do try to remember to check my lilies every time I'm in the garden, I have a pretty beady eye.image

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,058

    I've only stamped on 4 this year so far! They go for my frittilaries! 2 were on adjacent Aquillegas & the latest 2 on Japanese Anemone stems- I never actually saw/found any on my poor frittillaries this year.

    I keep an old jam jar outside ready to catch them. Then they get tipped onto the slabs...... imageJ.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,026

    I have a piece of slate which sits on the concrete lawn edging near the most susceptible lilies, they crush very nicley.

    Have to say that most of the damage to my lilies so far this year has been from molluscs.

  • I have only seen/killed one so far this year which is asking for trouble!!image

  • Ok you've all convinced me image Lucky3 I'll go buy meself a carnivorous plant. I can live with the natural recycling route.

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