Hiding underneath the flower bud of an Asiatic Lily is a creature blood red in colour, as destructive as any pest I know and something I've been dreading. Well, at least it wasn't in my garden!
Last year I suffered at the hands of these little beetles, which are quite unimaginatively known as 'Lily beetles' or more accurately Liliocercis lilii. They arrive without warning and start munching away on the leaves of bulbous plants, in particular Lilies and Fritillaries.
The beetles then breed and lay eggs on the plant. The larvae hatch out and they too eat plant leaves just like their parents. I didn't notice the larvae at first as they normally cover themselves with their own excrement (Nice!) and as a result they look pretty much like birds droppings.
The beetle is native in many parts of Europe and Asia but not here in the U.K. Well, that was until the 1940's, when it became established in the South. I found this beetle in Lancashire, North England. This pretty much backs the theory that as temperatures rise these beetles are moving further North.
My advice is to dispose of the insect as soon as you find it. Luckily for me they haven't been seen in my garden yet, but I'm sure they will appear!