Lilies forum: A lily beetle look-alike - Lilioceris merdigera

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William
Oct 8, 2015 1:51 PM CST
If someone likes a little horror reading before going to bed Hilarious! , I can recommend reading up on this beetle that behaves and looks much like the lily beetle Grumbling .

"The larvae are typically covered by blackish mucilaginous substances mixed with their own faeces, that seem to have a protective function. The adult beetles can produce chirping sounds.

Both the adults and the larvae feed on the leaves of several plants, mainly Liliaceae, Alliaceae and Asparagaceae species, for instance Turk's cap lily (Lilium martagon), onion (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum), Asparagus, Polygonum and Convallaria species."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilioceris_merdigera

But most forum members need not to fear as it only exists in the Palearctic ecozone Smiling
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Leftwood
Oct 8, 2015 5:02 PM CST
But most forum members need not to fear as it only exists in the Palearctic ecozone


That is not very comforting. The lily beetle used to only exist over there, too.

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