I am an entomologist (bug scientist) interesting in tracking the spread
of a nasty ornamental lily pest called the lily leaf beetle (or scarlet
lily beetle). It's a small (5-8mm) bright red beetle with black
legs, head and antennae. There are no spots or markings on the red
body. If anyone, particularly in Canada or the U.S.A., has spotted
this critter in their garden in the past, I would greatly appreciate
some information: your location (city, state/province, postal/zip
code) and the year that you found it. Feel free to include any tidbits
of info (for example, the species you found it on) that you think might
I plan to present some information about this pest at the North
American Lily Society meeting in Edmonton and would like to have some
recent statistics to accompany the talk.
I recently completed my M.Sc. thesis about the lily beetle at Carleton
University in Ottawa, Ontario. If anyone has any sightings to report,
or has any questions regarding the beetle or my work, please contact me
Thanking you in advance,
On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 07:35:07 -0800, bugzgrl wrote:
Good day Crystal, you may want to contact the Entomological Society of
Ontario. Tim Haye of Christian-Albrechts University released a paper on
the biological control of Lilioceris lilii and you may get lucky and get
access to an up to date distribution map. At the very least they should be
able to point you in the right direction.
The University of Rhode Island has done a lot of work on Lilioceris lilii
and they may have a map also. Well worth your time to contact them and see
what they have.
On 1/26/06 7:20 PM, in article email@example.com,
I think the beetles arrived within in 2 years of that here. Maybe one!
Until there is a better solution then hand picking, I give up on lilies. Not
my daylilies that are, thankfully unaffected, but glory days of scent are
I'm with you, Cheryl.
IN 1995 I started a home nursery, and I was having some great fun selling
bunches of flowers along with produce at our Farmers Market. In June and
July of '96 and '97 I was pocketing some good weekend change when the
Lilies were in bloom. One stalk of Rubrums in a mixed bouquet... YEE HAH!
I had "colonies" -- and was adding more.
In 1997 I saw my first Lily Beetle.
The only bulb lilies that live here anymore are some weedy L. tigridium
that I am rouging out, and one L. Superbum that doesn't seem to be the
least attractive to the Lily Beetle.
All the rest are gone, and I'm not replacing them. I miss them dearly.
Yea, the little bastages ate all of my species lilies I'd collected
over years and years, along with the fritillarias. They're still out
there in the summer munching on whatever stragglers come up. I've
given up lilies completely :o( Hopefully someday they'll come up with
something that really works.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
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