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Scarlet Lily Beetle

Lilioceris Lilii


Adults are 8mm long, bright red with a black head and legs. Eggs are 1mm long and orange-red. Larvae have orange bodies with black heads, but are normally covered with their own slimy black excrement. Fully grown larvae are 8-10mm long. Adults and larvae defoliate lilies (Lilium and Cardiocrinum) and fritillaries (Fritillaria) [Taken from RHS gardening website]


Not a UK native but accidently imported, and finally established a colony in Sussex in the 1930s. It has now spread across all English Counties. Lives on Lily plants.


Several seen on Day Lilies growing in garden. Underside black and has wings.

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1 Comment

JanineLingTurner 7 years ago

would you please consider adding this spotting to
The U.K Arthropod Survey
as it would be an interesting contribution,Thanks!

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on May 12, 2012

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