Lily Beetle Lilioceris lilii (Scopoli, 1763)
A member of the Chrysomelidae family (leaf and flea beetles) the striking red and black Lily Beetle is around 8-10mm long depending on sex (females larger) It is a pest species and has spread rapidly throughout the UK. Both the adults and larvae can cause considerable damage to Lilies and Fritillaries by defoliating them, but in heavy infestations the flowers, seed capsules and stems will also be eaten. The Lily Beetle is not native to the UK, but has been accidentally imported into the country on several occasions in the past and recently reached as far north as Scotland. The adults spend the Winter in the soil or amongst leaf litter and start feeding in the following March or when the weather warms up.

More recently, we have started to find this beetle away from urban gardens, with records coming from the middle of woodland at Bradmer Hill near Market Warsop and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in May 2012.

Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lilioceris lilii
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Tim Sexton. Sean Tobin. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Howard Williams. Rob Johnson. Barry Lygo. Phil Lee. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2022

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