Lilies forum: who's eating my lilies?

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Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 9, 2010 3:48 PM CST
Hi everyone -- this is my first post on Cubits. Seems very nice here.

Now, what villain is doing this to my lily buds, and what did I do to IT? I've seen it on 4 or 5 buds so far. The bud ripens and eventually unfurls normally, except that there's this hole in one tepal. I cut one bud off to have a look and there was nothing disgusting inside, thank goodness.

Thanks!

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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 9, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Peculiar and probably a diagnostic characteristic that the holes are so exactly round. No clue as to the culprit. Is it only affecting lilies, and only martagons?
Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 9, 2010 5:58 PM CST
Yes, only lilies, but not only martagons. Asiatics, too. It seems not to happen until the buds mature past the hard green stage, so it's too soon to tell on OTs and orientals. Another thing is that foliage seems not to be affected at all. Just the lovely buds! And it's not confined to just one clump or corner but is popping up everywhere. My garden's very small of course, but still.

Another weird thing, which may not be related at all, is that I did find some yucky poopy (not to be too scientific about it) looking stuff on a couple of lilies, on leaves pretty high up. One bit definitely looked like some kind of rodent dropping. The other stuff was different. Hard to describe. Kind of lumpy, slimy, sticky, brown, a little shiny, raisin-sized.
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PollyK
Jun 9, 2010 7:58 PM CST
I'm not going to be any help, but I have had the same thing happen and never did find out what was causing it. Just a nice round hole in some of the buds.

I'd love to find out too.
Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 21, 2010 2:00 PM CST
caught this guy on a lily bud. could this be the culprit?

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Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 21, 2010 2:01 PM CST
Then found this fresh hole. With this goopy stuff around it.
Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 21, 2010 2:02 PM CST
oops forgot the photo. obviously, this is a different lily than the first photo.

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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 21, 2010 3:04 PM CST

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It's like you need 24 hour surveillence to figure it out.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 21, 2010 4:12 PM CST

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If you have a county agricultural extension service in your area, I would take the critter there as well as a damaged bud. they should know.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 21, 2010 4:29 PM CST
Did you leave the "culprit" on the (Karen North?) bud to see what it would do?

Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 21, 2010 4:33 PM CST
I did leave it there and checked back periodically. Eventually it was gone, and there was a tiny hole on the other side of the bud, but I didn't catch him quite in the act. Tracey, yes, I need a nanny cam. Whatever it is has done this to lilies all over the garden. Nothing's really damaged except the flower that gets the swiss cheese treatment.
Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jun 21, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Just thinking that we must have a county extension office for this area, right? Even though we're right in the city? Will look into that.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jul 19, 2010 8:49 AM CST
Did you ever get an answer from the County Extension Office on this Laura?
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Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jul 20, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Hi Chris, yaknow, I never got very far with that. Truth is, I have no idea where my county extension office is, though I suspect it's not local to me in the city. So while I perplexed over the first step, I soon got completely sidetracked. The problem did die down a bit. Much less munching these last few weeks. Maybe because whoever it was had lots of food to choose from . Or it'd moved on in its life cycle . Or something.
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goldfinch4
Jul 21, 2010 4:04 AM CST
Glad to hear the critters have moved on. Since you're not that far away from me I was just wondering so I know what to watch for. I'm just dreading the lily beetle showing up here cuz I'm sure it will happen sooner or later.
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Name: Laura
Chicago, IL
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wickerparker
Jul 21, 2010 2:17 PM CST
Definitely wasn't the lily beetle. I think I'd have noticed them. A key point is that the damage was merely superficial and restricted to the buds. No leaves were damaged. And the plant itself was always aok.

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