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26/10/2013 at 12:40

Hi,

Spotted this little insect (beetle?) while wondering round the garden this morning, it is about the same size as a ladybird, with gold and red stripes along the back, couldnt see underside without disturbing it.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33085.jpg?width=423&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33086.jpg?width=347&height=350&mode=max

 any ideas?

Andy

26/10/2013 at 12:41

Just found this :

http://www.uksafari.com/rosemaryleaf.htm

Which is possible as it was infact on my rosemary, although it is definetly gold rather than green

26/10/2013 at 12:47

Yes, a rosemary beetle doing what rosemary beetles do 

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Science/Plant-pests/Rosemary-beetle

26/10/2013 at 13:02

Thanks Dove, i have read through that page already and a couple of others and most say it is a pest, i am not into killing pests generally  (other than slugs and even they just get flung over the fence) 

Would you consider this a danger to my rosemary? i have had another look and cant see any others around.

26/10/2013 at 13:19

I've had a few on rosemary bushes and lavender but I've never noticed any real damage - like you I prefer to live and let live in most cases.  Even the big slugs are welcome here (well, they eat the little ones ).  

I leave them alone and marvel at their beauty - besides, OH is really into beetles.

 

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