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- June 21, 2008 at 10:47 pm #27972
I have not yet been visited by the lily leaf beetles, but the topic came up on a recent post I did on the blog as well.
I suspect because I have VERY few lilies (like several clumps only on my several acres) and am in a very rural area without other host lilies in gardens for them to be lured to, I have been spared up till now. We shall see.
That you and a commenter on the blog have raised the question has gotten me reading, and it seems that vigilant observation, hand-picking early and often, and perhaps the use of a Neem-oil spray on the larvae are somewhat helpful. Columnist Leslie Land of the NY Times addressed this succinctly a few years back:
Gardener’s Supply also had an interesting fact sheet on it:
A parasitic wasp is apparently providing good control in parts of Europe, where the beetle hails from, but is not yet available here to my knowledge.
I am adding this to my list of thing to worry about, which is almost as long as my list of garden chores and the one of plants I still want to try someday.
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