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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.


 any ideas?


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.


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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