Red beetles
Location: Torrington, CT
June 20, 2011 9:37 am
These little red guys are all over my hostas. Can you tell me what they are? LOVE your site, but what happened to your Facebook page? I loved having neat bugs sent to me every day! Happy bugging!!
Signature: Jennifer

Lily Leaf Beetle

Hi Jennifer,
This is a Lily Leaf Beetle,
Lilioceris lilii, a species recently accidentally introduced from Europe.  It is firmly established in Canada and New England.  Until your letter, we did not realize that Hosta is a member of the Lily family.  We will check with our web host regarding your Facebook question, since that is not a matter that our editorial staff controls.

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3 Responses to Lily Leaf Beetle

  1. ninkasi27 says:

    That explains it! The hostas are right next to a carpet lily patch. Thanks for your response. BTW, my facebook feed is working again…

  2. Angie says:

    So are these nettles poisonous to dogs and do they bite? Also do they look like red velvet? First answer I found was a bloody red flying beetle and couldn’t find if they hurt dogs either. Im torn because there all over my ivy n hostas. There were black w/ red rears mating rear to rear today! Please help my yr old lab eats everything! Im worried

    • bugman says:

      Hi Angie,
      Nettles, more specifically stinging nettles are plants and we do not generally provide information on plants. To the best of our knowledge, Lily Leaf Beetles are not toxic to dogs.

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