Insect Identification

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.

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 any ideas?

Andy

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  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    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

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,753

    Yes, a rosemary beetle doing what rosemary beetles do image

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

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    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.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,753

    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 image).  

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

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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