Subject: red white & black beetle
Location: Los Angeles, CA
December 19, 2014 9:39 pm
I thought this bug was pretty so I took a photograph of the design on it’s back. Later I couldn’t at all identify it, so I was hoping you would be able to help. It kept leaning away from me when I tried to take a picture. It was about a quarter of an inch long, including legs.
Hello, I’m sorry to have bothered you, since I just identified the bug as Eurydema oleracea, a leaf beetle
Though you have incorrectly identified the species, you do have the correct family. Eurydema oleracea which we located on British Bugs is not a Leaf Beetle. It is a member of the family Pentatomidae, the Stink Bugs. Your insect is an African Painted Bug, Bagrada hilaris, an invasive species that is damaging plants in the cabbage family including kale and collard greens.