National Insect Week returns in 2020
Lilioceris lilii – lily beetle (family Chrysomelidae)
Many chrysomelid leaf beetles are brightly coloured and metallic. One of the most striking is the bright red lily beetle. This species was only sporadically found in UK until the mid-20 th century when it became established. In recent years it has been expanding its range in Britain and has become a serious horticultural pest of lilies and fritillaries.