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April, 2011:

Lily Beetle

Little Red Devil

Lily Beetle on My Fritillaria

No – not a new pop star, but a bug which has decided to invade my garden – after my Fritillaria.  It is a very nice looking bug, but basically eats the whole plant until there is nothing left. The RHS are conducting a survey into the spread of this creature in the UK. It seems to be found in all counties now, and is working it’s way north.

I had them once before several years ago on a lily in my front garden and found them very hard to control. So much so that the lily was destroyed, and never reappeared. I am trying picking them off by hand and keeping an eye out for the eggs and larvae – fingers crossed that I manage to stop them eating everything this time.

Little red devils.