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Beetles taking toll on local lily plants

Bugs spreading, decimating area flower gardens

Lily Beetle damage on plants in the garden of Phyllis Ochs of 229 Seward Place in Schenectady Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Lily Beetle damage on plants in the garden of Phyllis Ochs of 229 Seward Place in Schenectady Tuesday.
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Oriental lilies were traditionally some of the easiest plants to care for in Phyllis Ochs’ garden — up until last year, that is. One June day in 2012, the Schenectady resident went out to admire her flower garden and noticed that the leaves on her lily plants had been eaten away. She peered at the underside of one of the leaves that had been chewed ragged and discovered “all sorts of crud.” That crud, she ...


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