Lily Beetle

Brian Whyer
Sun, 14 Dec 2008 02:48:15 PST
I was quite surprised to find an adult, only 2-3 weeks back, on a green seed
pod of a late flowering aconitum. It was amongst a few now brown stemmed
lilies so that was probably all that was left for it to try and get a feed.
I was still finding some on Cardiocrinum until those leaves succumbed to
winter, just a few weeks before. Hopefully this cold wet start to winter
will kill off some of those I missed this year; the worst I can remember for
this pest. It seemed I was squashing the eggs on the underside of the
Cardiocrinum leaves this summer every few days, and had almost a whole green
seed pod of one fritillary eaten away, large green/white seed and all,
although some lilies were more or less untouched. E.g. Lilium canadense.

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8

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