Catching lily beetles shagging

(15 Posts)
GrendelsMum Fri 21-May-10 21:20:42

I've just caught eight lily beetles in the act of carnal congress. It slows them down and makes them easy to catch.

I thoroughly recommend it - and they died happy smile

Oh yes they are always at it. I put them in a tic tac box and put it in the bin. <<nasty>>

cornsilkcottagecheese Fri 21-May-10 21:49:43

How do you know?

GrendelsMum Fri 21-May-10 21:55:48

http://www.flickr.com/photos/owlsblood/3531741357/

asmallbunchofflowers Sun 23-May-10 22:12:30

Yes, they are an uninhibited bunch!

HecateQueenOfWitches Sun 23-May-10 22:13:59

they die after mating?

asmallbunchofflowers Sun 23-May-10 22:23:43

Yes, if you catch them while they're distracted and squash 'em!

And when cross, as in being interupted during sex they click at you.
Very pretty but Destroy your lillies.
The grubs produce yucky brown stuff designed to resemble poo [or maybe it is poo] all over lilly leaves. Ick.

GrendelsMum Mon 24-May-10 13:47:14

It's amazing how much easier they are to catch and squash when distracted - they seem to go all post-coital and forget to hide or fly away.

I've not made them click at me yet, though.

asmallbunchofflowers Mon 24-May-10 14:06:57

The clicking is very weird. So much sound from such a small bug.

taffetacat Mon 24-May-10 14:38:44

I put them in a jar and let the DC watch. <voyeur>

atomicsnowflake Mon 24-May-10 22:06:37

I caught two flies who were 'at it' on my washing about a week ago.

They were fed to my youngest's venus fly trap!

ShellingPeas Tue 25-May-10 18:50:10

Apparently the clicking is to alert other lily beetles in the area there is danger about and sometimes you can see others you haven't got to in time fall onto the soil on their backs where they are practically invisible.

I have 'The Stone of Death' where all lily beetles I find (shagging or otherwise) meet their sacrifical end.

HecateQueenOfWitches Wed 26-May-10 18:41:23

I was parked up in a hidden quiet area, having a cigarette reading a magazine and 2 black thingies with wings hopped onto my windscreen and proceeded to make sweet music. They wouldn't shift even when I put the wipers on.

I didn't realise I'd parked up in an insects dogging area.

GrendelsMum Fri 28-May-10 13:08:18

We're in the weekly round-up, folks!

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