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Lily Beetle 2021

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Spruce, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. Spruce

    Spruce Glad to be back .....

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    Found my first lily beetle today

    Spruce

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    • lolimac

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      By the look of those two on the bottom pic you'll be finding many more in the not too distant future.
      The last 4 years I've been fighting Lily beetles so this year I'm not growing them,they absolutely decimated my lillies so enough is enough.:old:
       
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        Ive found 3 up to now,defo more hiding :th scifD36: they come in pairs im sure :)x
         
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          I was hoping all these frosty nights would kill the blighters off
           
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          • pete

            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            Its not the beetles that do the big damage, its the grubs.
             
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              No Pete, the beetles also. When you squish them, they turn your fingers orange. I like wotsits, muscle memory kicks in. They don't taste like wotsits:yikes:
               
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                Is it the grubs that leave the piles of muck near the stems?
                 
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                The grubs cover themselves in their own excrement and hide under the leaves, munching away.
                 
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                  yes ...they look like this

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                    :eeew:Their a long way off from the Wotsit stage :heehee: x
                    Is there an easyish way to remove these?? x
                     
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                      Occasionally I rub them off, wearing gloves of course. Mainly I use a hosepipe spray gun and blast them off from underneath, I'm not sure if they climb but somehow they appear back again in a few days. The adults I squish if I can catch them, they are pretty good at falling off and playing dead if you're not fast enough.
                       
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                      • Spruce

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                        I just squeeze them with no gloves !! :yikes:
                         
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                        Thanks for ruining my Ham sandwich Spruce.:catapult::biggrin:
                         
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