Little red beetles
July 20, 2009
I first noticed these fellows in our garden this June. An asparagus bush seems to be the only place they like to hang around and they’re about the size of lady bugs (seems they’re related too). They gave me the impression it’s completely under their dignity to be touched by humans – as I try to grab one it heroically throws itself of the plant and flies just before reaching the ground.
Could you tell me a few things about these bugs?
Thank you 🙂

Twelve-Spotted Asparagus Beetle

Twelve-Spotted Asparagus Beetle

Hi Sonia,
The Twelve-Spotted Asparagus Beetle, Crioceris duodecimpunctata,
is not closely related to the Lady Bug.  It is in the family Chrysomelidae, the Leaf Beetles.  The Twelve Spotted Asparagus Beetle is native to Europe, but it has been introduced to North America where it is considered an agricultural pest of the asparagus.

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