Get those squishing fingers on. The lily leaf beetles are back, and they’re noshing on your Asiatic and Oriental lilies.
In fact, they’re making like the two-backed beast, or beetle, to create the next generations of bright red eating machines. Until they earn their red beetle wings, these will be squishy brown blobs of beetle poo with a hungry, hungry larva inside it. (There’s one here.)
Not a pretty sight, no matter how attractively coloured the adult is.
Go to this post for a look at the beetle eggs, which are likely underneath lily leaves near you. Squashing the eggs is an easy way to control them while they’re immobile. (Follow the other links in that post for more lily leaf beetle info.)
Catching the adults requires strategy, as they drop from the leaf when they feel you coming. The best manoeuvre is a two-handed catch, with one hand under the leaf. Then squish. Foot or gloved hand. The choice is yours.