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Asian Lily Beetles – A New Garden Threat

Anyone genuinely interested in Nature – while perhaps naive enough to believe in its absolute innocence – might think the small, bright fiery-orange beetle that’s suddenly materialized in their gardens is strikingly beautiful and perfectly harmless. About the size of a rather narrow ladybug without spots, it almost sparkles as it seems to sun itself on the leaves and emerging flower buds of Asiatic and Oriental hybrid lilies.

In fact, the appearance of innocence and beauty is totally misleading…if not downright deceptive. Early spring sunbathing is clearly not what it has in mind! Lilioceris lilii. Asian Lily Beetle, aka Lily Leaf Beetle, is focusing its entire attention on filling its belly and finding a mate. When those two primary goals have been fulfilled, watch out! Your beautiful lilies are about to vanish. And if you have no hybrid lilies but concentrate on growing fruits and vegetables, your tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers (nightshades) are in serious jeopardy.

Where did they come from? Asian Lily Beetles first appeared in Boston a little over a dozen years ago, probably stowaways in plants imported from abroad…quite possibly China. Rapidly spreading throughout Massachusetts and points north, by 1999 they had worked their way up the New England coast to Brunswick, then inland areas…finally reaching the Mid-Coast and more than a few miles inland to the west, devastating lilies as they traveled. Now they have occupied very nearly every agricultural and horticultural area in several eastern states and three Canadian provinces and, in my opinion – and that of a great many other horticultural/entomological professionals – will soon surpass the populations and crop damage done by the dreaded Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica).

Adult Lily Leaf Beetles over-winter in the soil or in un-cleaned-up plant debris after fall frost. Following emergence during early spring, they mate and quickly deposit between 200 and 300 tiny dull-orange eggs on the undersides of leaves, in clusters of two to ten. Hatch occurs in five to ten days after which larvae feed for between 16 and 24 days, growing rapidly to about twice the size of their parents. It is at this point that they are feeding heavily. Highly vulnerable to predacious insects during this “soft” feeding stage, larvae cover themselves in their own sticky, mud-like excrement (droppings) as a highly effective defense against attack. Most gardeners describe them as looking like small dirty slugs. If you scrape the feces away, you’ll see a soft, dull-red beetle whose wing cases have as yet to harden.

At about this point, larvae either crawl or drop to the ground where they pupate in secreted cocoons. In under 25 days, a fully mature adult emerges to begin the process anew. There can be as many as three such generations in a single season. To make matters worse, it is possible for female beetles who have deposited their eggs for the current season to survive a second winter and lay another huge clutch of eggs the following year. Allow me to do the math for you: One mature female beetle x 200 x 200 x 200 = 8,000,000 at a minimum. And that’s in our short New England growing season. Alfred Hitchcock would’ve had a field day with those numbers!

What else will they attack? An all-time dietary favorite is fritillary (Fritillaria sp.), but are most often seen on Asiatic, Oriental, and “tiger” lilies (Lilium sp.), lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum multiflorum), certain vegetables, and occasionally other common garden perennials when their favorites are either not present or already consumed.

How are they controlled? Best of all is daily scouting of your garden, hand-picking or knocking adults into a jar of soapy water, or spraying with one of the products described below. There are two natural “pesticides” effective in the control of Asian Lily Beetles:

1. NEEM, a biochemical pest control substance extracted from the tropical Neem tree. It affects the insect while in its larval stage by interrupting molting, and may also serve to repel adults.

2. PYRETHRIN, a product extracted from common painted daisies (Pyrethrum sp.), may be sprayed on plants to control both adults and larval stages. I consider Pyrethrin to be the best choice.

I have also noted that RESMETHRIN – a synthetic form of Pyrethrin found in formulations for garden foggers – destroys the larval form.

All of these insecticides are commonly stocked by large, retail garden centers, and less reliably at “big-box” stores. As always, read and observe all labeling information. Wear protective gloves when handling or applying, and wash thoroughly when the job’s done. Even though they’re considered “natural”, there’s no point in taking any chances with your health or that of your loved ones.

One last thought: The true key to controlling population numbers of this new and highly destructive villain in your garden, in the words of Alistair “Mad-Eye” Moody of Harry Potter fame: CONSTANT VIGILANCE! We must be ruthless and unyielding in our search for and destruction of every Asian Lily Beetle we encounter! The future of hybrid and tiger lilies in our gardens depends on it.

How to Find The Best Self Tanner for Asian Skin?

It has now become a trend among the darker complexioned men and women across world to achieve a bronze colored tan. Even people with an Asian background and a pale skin have adapted to this evolutionary trend and started using anything reliable to tan their body and/or face. The chance of sunburn or skin cancer resulting from sunlight tanning have been reduced a lot due to the arrival of the best self tanner products designed specifically for Asian skin. By not exposing their skin to the harmful ultra violet rays, the Asian population will be able to achieve a beautiful tanned look with the help of these products.

The craze for golden colored skin is going beyond aesthetic reasons, getting more popular among the upper class in Asian society. A tanned look reflects a life with outdoor activities. The best self tanning products for darker complexions are available in a large scale. But it is getting increasingly difficult to find the best self tanner for people with a pale skin tone. To succeed in this, you will have to follow the below given tips and suggestions.

Check the best tanner label

Check the labels of the best tanning products to determine which shade will suit your pale skin tone. Each company makes tanners in different shades to match different skin colors. So, take your time to decide which will be the best self tanner for Asian skin color.

Purchase tanner in different shades if it does not exceed your budget

Purchase and try a sunless tan in different shades if the value is in your budget. If you are using self tanner for the first time, avoid the tanning sprays as they can be difficult to apply and might produce blotches or streaks. Instead, opt for cream based best self tanner for Asian skin products.

Read the instructions for application carefully

Go through the instructions carefully to know how and when to apply the tanning product for getting the best possible results. Some of the best self tanning products for Asian skin are recommended to be used on exfoliated and dry skin. The process of exfoliation is considered the best for removing your dead skin cells and helping your tan to last for a longer time.

Pick the tanners which can be applied on moist skin

Check which tanner gives you the chance to moisturize your dry spots like knees and elbows to minimize the darkening effects in these areas. The best self tanning products for Asian skin products get absorbed by darker skin faster. As a result, your elbows and knees may look darker than other parts once the tanning is done.

Try a sample product

Apply a little amount of the best self tanning products for Asian skin on your skin. You can consider using the product in any covered parts of your body like upper legs. If it develops streaks or blotches, you should avoid using it. Moreover, you should apply the tan product after wearing a glove; otherwise, you may end up with an artificial or unnatural looking tan.

Going Green Is Easy With Natural Skin Care Products

Today’s modern women are going for beauty products that are not only good for their bodies but also for the environment. Look around and you will see that everyone is trying to do their share to help save the planet by going green. From the cars we drive to the clothes we wear and the food we eat, going natural is the order of the day. If you want to get in on the green makeup revolution, read a skin care review that promotes everything natural. Here are several good reasons why you should start using natural skin care products.

A skin care product line that is made from natural ingredients is friendly to the environment. Unlike its synthetic counterpart, these tend to disintegrate well after they are discarded. Apart from this, you can use these generously without fear of them reaching dangerous toxicity levels. Natural skin care products contain none of the bad stuff. You will often find plant herbs and a few animal components, but these are completely non-synthetic. For those who have allergies or are prone to breaking out in rashes, you can use these products as part of your daily beauty regimen. A good skin care review will reveal to you that some of them can be used in all types of weather, from the freezing cold wastes of the Arctic tundra to the warm, sunny climate of a tropical Asian beach.

Natural skin care products are relatively inexpensive. Most of them, with a few expensive exceptions, are quite affordable. You will have to do your research though and search the net for a good skin care review. If you happen to have a guide book on how to make homemade natural skin care, you can save some money and do it yourself. A lot of the ingredients for making your own stuff can be found around the kitchen. Whatever you choose, there are products out there that will fit your budget.

If you are interested in going natural, you will be able to easily find these products. One source is the internet and another is your local neighborhood store. There are a wide range of natural skin care product companies that feature product skin care reviews and maintain online presence through individual websites. Ordering here is a lot better too because you can get the full range of products from a particular company if you have tried one that works best for you. Most of these companies will deliver their products to your doorstep, making it convenient for you to get the stuff you need. It is the commercially made cosmetic product brands that do not offer this kind of service.

Going natural is like going back to the basics. It’s good for you and good for the environment. In this age of environmental depletion, using green products for Mother Earth is one of the best ways we can pay her back.