It is an unfortunate twist that many pest are quite attractive and were they not pests they would be welcome and colourful additions to the life of the garden. The lily beetle is such a pest. It is bright red with a contrasting black head and if it were harmless would be a star performer in a line up of garden insects.
The adults are 6-7mm long and the grubs 8-9mm long. Both do great damage to plants by eating flowers, leaves and seed pods.
Many garden chemicals have been withdrawn over the last few years and more are due to go, so for current suitable chemicals consult your garden centre.
Photography Neil Bromhall. Information taken from Complete Gardens CD-ROM.
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