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Can any one identify these nasty customers?


By Chrisg

United Kingdom Gb

These nasty looking grubs are about 1" long. They are monsters and I found them in the bottom of a pot of lilies. They are very active but the lilies have flowered reasonably well this year. Any idea what they might be please?




actualy your nasty custamers as you call them are lady bird pupa and are a godsend unless you like greenfly

30 Sep, 2009


I hate to contradict you know I wouldn't if I could help it. :o)
However, if these are 1" long then they aren't ladybird pupae. They look more like some kind of beetle larva. We have white grubs very similar to these only slightly bigger and even more ugly. They are the larval stage of the June beetle or Eauropean Chafer beetle. They could be some kind of Chafer but I don't know what you have over there.

30 Sep, 2009


i thaught the size was a bit big there definatly beetle larva and do look like lady birds .more importantly i doubt there anything to worry about whatever they are gilli

30 Sep, 2009


are they lily beetle pupae as you say they were at the bottom of lily pots? dont know how big they are though. size of the pupa isnt an indication of adult size. just think about the leather jacket and its adult form.
def a beetle though.

30 Sep, 2009


Don't think it's lily beetle larva, as the larva of these live on the leaves and eat them.

I thought vine weevil larva until I read they were 1 inch long, which is twice the size. If there were only two of them, I wouldn't worry about it. Also, I wouldn't kill them as many beetles are beneficial in the garden.

30 Sep, 2009


i agree sid

30 Sep, 2009


Definitely look like Chafer grubs. The dark fat end to the body looks typical for these and the size is about right too.

30 Sep, 2009

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