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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

04 September, 2015

Lily Beetle: the unwelcome guest | Nature Notes from Dorset

We British love our gardens, we have brought plants from all corners of the globe to adorn them. Our garden is a home for any plant we select and allow to live there. Sadly, not so with insects; we are far more selective and will readily resort to chemical controls to keep insects out. If you disagree with that statement then count the pesticide controls on the shelves of your local garden centre.
We brought lilies in to Britain from all over the world to grow in our gardens and, naturally, in bringing in the plants we brought in insects that use them as a food source; with lilies that is the lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii). The lily beetle is not an indigenous species, it was introduced by human beings and now, along with other 'invasive' species, they are deemed a pest when they are only doing what they have done since their first appearance in the scheme of evolution - eat lilies!

Read more: Lily Beetle: the unwelcome guest | Nature Notes from Dorset