Last year we confirmed the presence of the Red Lily Beetle in Emerald Park. It is very likely that it is present in other locations of the province.
There are no natural predators for this destructive insect. Chemical control has very limited success. Many areas of Canada have given up on planting lilium in their yards.
We can’t give up in Saskatchewan, our provincial flower is helpless. We have to fight to keep our floral emblem from falling to this enemy.
Gardeners have few options for dealing with this pest so there is no hope of being able to control it in the wild without the help of many people and our government. Biological control using natural lily beetle predators has shown the most promise. Left unchecked the lily beetle devours leaves and damages the stem leaving little or nothing to provided nourishment for the following year. If the bulb isn’t killed the first year it likely won’t survive a second year of attack.
South Saskatchewan Lily Society is hosting an information night with Dr. Ken Fry. Dr. Fry is an entomologist at the University of Alberta and has prior experience as a research scientist with emphasis on biological control of insect pests.
The meeting is scheduled for April 14th at 7:00 PM at St. Peter's Church, 100 Argyle Street, Regina. Please use the hall entrance on the south side of the church.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and to bring a friend. No admission is being charged.
Our resources are limited; we are looking at joining forces with all societies and organizations interested in protecting our provincial emblem and all lilium.
Any assistance and suggestions on how to deal with this unwanted visitor are welcome.