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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 &quot;Red Campion&quot; (Silene dioica).<br />
(Unsharp) detail of jaws attacking the plant surface:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/49851/subcoccinella_vigintiquatuorpunctata_-_eating_red_campion.html" title="Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata - eating Red Campion"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/49851_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1496880010&Signature=ztL2cmLqaV%2Bi%2BZBEk2eFMzTgVts%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata - eating Red Campion Detail of jaws scraping surface of leaf.<br />
Full beetle here:<br />
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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:

Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata - eating Red Campion Detail of jaws scraping surface of leaf.<br />
Full beetle here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/49850/subcoccinella_vigintiquatuorpunctata_-_eating.html 24-spot Ladybird,Coccinellidae,Coleoptera,Epilachninae,Subcoccinella,Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata

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  1. Wonderful! It's really digging in there :) Posted 12 days ago

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''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.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Apr 18, 2017.