Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata - eating
One of the few European ladybird-beetles that actually eats plants as opposed to the usual diet of aphids and the like. This one is happily munching away at "Red Campion" (Silene dioica).
(Unsharp) detail of jaws attacking the plant surface:
The Twenty-four Spot Ladybird or European Alfalfa Lady Beetle (Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata') is a beetle in the family Coccinellidae. It is the only member of the genus ''Subcoccinella''. It has the typical, almost semi-spherical, ladybird shape and is patterned with spots. However it differs from many of the well-known ladybirds in being neither smooth and shiny nor an eater of aphids: the wing-cases look velvety and it eats plants.