Monday, May 5, 2014

Beware! Red lily bug

The first year I am growing fritillaria - Fritillaria imperialis (Crown imperial or Kaiser's crown) and I have visitors!

The red lily leaf beetle (Lilioceris lilii)   is a beetle that eats the leaves, stem, buds, and flower, of lilies, fritillaries and other members of the family Liliaceae.

There are no registered chemicals for lily leaf beetle control, and no natural predators. :(

Pick them or/and use neem oil.

I picked them twice today into a jar with soapy water. I am glad I have only 4 fritillaries plants and my lily is just starting to grow.

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