Outdoor Daily

This post is about yet another ‘bug’ I never knew existed. Perhaps that’s the one thing I most enjoy about the restrictions of lockdown: I get to know a little bit more about the small critters I share my space with.

This one is Lilioceris lilii. Classed as a leaf beetle, it does its thing of eating leaves, laying its eggs on leaves and letting its offspring feed on them.

As the name suggests, the preferred habitat are lilies, and that’s just where I found them – on the one clump of lilies in my garden.

Feeding, mating, egg laying, grubs hatching, munching and growing.

I’ll share more photos when the little baby critters have grown up a bit and look more like beetles.

Meanwhile, I take bets on who wins: will my lilies flower or eaten up before?

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