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PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

hi, having spent what felt like every minuet in spring, checking my lillies for Lillie Beetles I was surprised to find these babies on the underside of some lower leaves just now.

These little so and so's with poo all over them will grow bigger by eating my plants and go on to ruin mine and other Lilly plants In the future.

i know it's wildlife and everything has a place in this world but not in my garden on my lilles!!????




  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 331

    I don't have lilies so no beetles but my Mum does. Lily beetles and vine weevils are the only things I stamp on!

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669

    Lillie Beetles, wasnt that a famous song!!!  We have a lot in pots because of our clay soil, I checked them really crefully, found none, I did find some on the crown imperial earlier in the year. O?H comes home from work and finds loads, they are very sneaky, they drop off and play dead, and dont they have dirty habits!!!

  • The beetles on our lilies are bright red - I pick them off and chuck them over the wall but they find their way back - the pots are right under the bird feeders but I don't think the birds like them either. Yes, they do make an awful mess with their poo

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669

    Thats the one positive thing about these devils, they are bright red (geddit?)

  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    Doghouse Riley says:

    I've more or less given up with lily beetles. You need a hammer to kill them they are that tough and I've found no spray which will kill them

    See original post

     Not my experience. I find them extraordinarily easy to catch and kill them. They are easily spotted, very slow to react, hence easy to catch between thumb and finger and squish very satisfyingly when squashed.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669

    Ah we have quick moving ones here!

  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546

    Just cleaned some of my lilies the other day , and yes they are dirty buggers , did not like killing themjustput them in the bin they can take their chances in there .

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,752

    There is a spray which works and it's very satisfying to watch the little buggers dropping off the plants, particularly when they seem to be having 'fun'. image

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669

    What is the spray, talking of having fun! I put straw round my strawberries, underneath was full of slugs, which yes, ate the strawberries, and they ate my Tobacco plants as well!!!

  • Donna-Donna- Posts: 6

    hello everyone, I do agree the only good Lilly beetle is a dead one!  I am a private grower and have the following information:  these little beetles are vibrationally aware and so drop onto their backs as you approach and blend in with the soil as their underside is black.  The only saving grace is that they wont eat anything else so with any damage to lilies you know its them.  The spray that kills them (spray the underside of the leaves as well) is PROVADO ultimate bug killer - I have been using it for years.  But Yes, I still have to pick the odd one off occasionally. I would Never leave the egg/grub which is covered in bug pooh to live but just pull them off the leaf with tissue dont actually take off the leaf.  Best of luck everyone.

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