Red Lily Bug

Joyce Miller
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:31:28 PST
Hi guys,

    Funny, funny.  You might well ask whether it is a male finger or a 
female one.  As a retired horsewoman, I recall the standard measurement for 
a horse is a hand i.e. a man's hand = 4 inches.  My hand is 3 inches. 
Actually, I use the width of my finger.  It is not really exact science. 
The isopropyl is to penetrate the waxy coating of the mealie bug and the 
soap is a "sticker."

-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Red Lily Bug

In these parts, it's the distance from the tip of your finger to the first 

Or, the length of  distal phalanx.


On 01/20/13, Eugene Zielinski wrote:

For those of us who don't mix our own drinks, how much (volume-wise) is a

Eugene Zielinski
Rapid City, SD

> [Original Message]
> From: Joyce Miller <>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> Date: 1/20/2013 12:20:45 PM
> Subject: [pbs] Red Lily Bug
> Good morning,
> Yet another fairly benign insecticide is one finger Murphy's Soap,
> fingers isopropyl in up to a quart of water. I use it on mealies on my
> orchids and hippeastrum. Isopropyl is phyto-toxic so for indoor plants,
> is prudent to flush the soil occasionally.
> Best, Joyce Miller
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