Mon 13/06/17

Remember me talking about the beautiful little lily beetle and how its repellent little grubs chew garden lilies to pieces? Well here they are. Firstly, just a reminder of the gorgeous little red beetle, taken from Sun 14/05/17 (right).

 

Now here are its larvae chomping their way through one of our garden lilies. They are not actually black; they cover themselves with their own excrement as a kind of self-defence mechanism, which may or may not work in the wild, but doesn’t really protect them from me.

Lily beetle Lilioceris lilii ...
Lily beetle Lilioceris lilii ...

The last picture is what they look like when they’ve had a bit of a bath.


... and its grubs
... and its grubs

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