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17/07/2014 at 18:56

An army of small, red beetles have invaded my Jerusalem artichokes! They do not seem to do any damage, but they have just been there for a few days, so the damage can still come...

Does  anybody know what they are ( about half an inch long, red) and if I have to get rid if them???

17/07/2014 at 18:59

Cardinal beetles?

17/07/2014 at 19:07

How about a photo Marco

17/07/2014 at 19:11

No idea but thread title was interesting........

17/07/2014 at 19:15

They're always know as fartichokes here Verdun. Taste like dirt and the name says it all. 

Are the bugs on the leaves or in the  ground Marco? 

17/07/2014 at 19:16

17/07/2014 at 19:16

They are on the leaves and stems, mating like mad.

17/07/2014 at 19:47

I saw these today as well Marco and wondered what they were.  I also took a photo so I could ask tonight.  You beat me to it and your photo is better  AAll we know is that there are going to be many more of them!


17/07/2014 at 19:48

As pansyface guessed, they are cardinal beetles.  A goodie and won't touch your plants as they predate on other insects.  Lucky you!


17/07/2014 at 19:50

They eat the larvae of other insects, so hopefully they'll be protecting your plants 

17/07/2014 at 19:55

Thank you all!

LesleyK: it's not my own photograph, it's from the internet...

17/07/2014 at 20:01


Good news on the beetle front.  Thanks all.

17/07/2014 at 20:57

Known in Germany as Franzosen, or Frenchmen, for their er, indefatigable, er efforts. (see photo above).

17/07/2014 at 21:11

In Holland, we know them as 'soldaatjes', little soldiers. May be English redcoats?

17/07/2014 at 21:17

Good old Brits. Don't mention sex, money or politics. Cardinal beetles. But that's religion and we are not supposed to talk about that either.

20/07/2014 at 16:14

Oooh, I have these protecting my strawberries. Nice!

20/07/2014 at 16:34

I like the expressions on the two faces in Marco's photo.

20/07/2014 at 16:40
nutcutlet wrote (see)

They're always know as fartichokes here Verdun. Taste like dirt and the name says it all. 


Have you ever let them flower Nut?

20/07/2014 at 16:42

Yes Edd, it's the best bit

20/07/2014 at 16:45

It is.

I only grow them for their flowers. They help to support the cardoons, which I also only grow for their flowers.

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