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May 27, 2015 11:44 |  #1

I saw this thing today fly into the garden and landed close to us its in the UK.

Any ideas folks?

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May 27, 2015 13:54 |  #2

It looks like a common red soldier beetle but they in canada. If its a red lilly killer beetle, kill it. Its a bit early in the year to be a hogweed bonking beetle. Im not a expert, I just grow lillies.....




  
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May 27, 2015 19:07 |  #3

FerozeK wrote in post #17573476 (external link)
... If its a red lilly killer beetle, kill it.....


Why??




  
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May 27, 2015 19:29 |  #4

I googled "red lilly killer beetle" and all of the many photos show a black head.


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May 27, 2015 19:45 |  #5

Article about this garden pest (external link)--not to imply that that's the species the OP found.


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May 27, 2015 21:34 |  #6

It just flew past us and landed on the slabs in our garden and gave my wife a scare, it then took off landed on out wall and flew away, we have both never seen such a menacing looking thing here.

I thought the hovering wasp like things we get here are bad?


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May 28, 2015 02:24 |  #7

There are a few very experienced macro shooters from UK in the POTN Macro section.
You'd get an ID fast there.


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May 28, 2015 04:04 |  #8

johnolexa wrote in post #17573827 (external link)
Why??

Because they will eat every lilly in your garden, they not native and are regarded as pests




  
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May 29, 2015 07:53 |  #9

Hi,
Looks like a Cardinal Beetle
http://en.m.wikipedia.​org/wiki/Cardinal_beet​le (external link)


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May 31, 2015 12:23 |  #10

Agree with Cardinal Beetle (red-headed variety), which eats other insects, not plants. I wouldn't kill it.


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