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Musing on a Lovely garden pest

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Offline Rosie

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« on: April 21, 2011, 21:37 PM »
Why are Lily Beetles so beautiful? Yet my heart sinks as soon as I see one. It would be so much easier if they were, say, Dandelion Beetles. Then I could just admire and enjoy them without worrying about the mayhem they create in my pots.

Rosie

Offline Ian

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 07:11 AM »
It's a dilemma isn't it? To remove and destroy or to leave and let them eat. That is the question. We don't spay or use any chemical here but we do actively reduce the population by squishing the eggs if we see them (rightly or wrongly). There are some superb bugs around at the moment.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 13:37 PM »
Yes, there are. I have just got back from a long bluebell walk in Lincolnshire and the air was full of what I think are St Mark's flies. Bibio Marci, I think. I just love their long dangly legs.
Lots of flowers out now, besides the bluebells. I saw violets, primroses, wood anenomes, cowslips. Not to mention the less spectacular but eaqually charming ground ivy, forget me nots, yellow and white dead nettles, etc.
Also, the birds were really active. A great start to the Easter weekend.

Rosie