Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Update on the Red Lily Beetle: Larval Camouflage

The presence of the Red Lily Beetle (Liloceris lilii) that was previously noted in this blog (here and again here) in a garden in Cork in Ireland has continued despite control attempts. Gardens within a 50 meter radius of the original recorded site have seen extensive damage to lily plants and scores of beetles have been reported from beds. Larvae at various instar stages are now visible on plants (see below).
Red Lily Beetle Larva. Note the covering of faeces that acts as camouflage.
Red Lily Beetle Larva
Red Lily Beetle Larvae with damage to lily

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