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Beetle Lily Beetles

Lily Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2004 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Lilioceris lilii

Size: 8 to 10mm long

Distribution: Mainly found in Wales, and England.  Recently reached Scotland. 

Months seen: April to August.

Habitat: Found in gardens on lily plants.

Food: Lily leaves.

Special features: Lily beetles arrived in Britain on imported flowers in the early 1900's. They are similar in appearance to cardinal beetles, however, they have a much more rounded body, and the wing cases are covered in tiny dimples. They are a pest of lily plants as they eat the leaves.

Mating Lily BeetlesThe photo on the left shows a mating pair. Click for a closer view.

Click for a better viewThe larvae have a delightful habit of disguising themselves as a pile of bird droppings.

They do this by covering themselves in their own poo (don't try this at home kids).

Did You Know?
Lily beetles make a squeaking sound when they are distressed

Speaker Hear a Lily Beetle Squeak

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