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Lilioceris faldermanni Behind this photo is a pretty interesting story. A few days ago, I took a photo of a pair of Scarlett Lilly Beetles on a leave of Fritillaria pontica, but when I published it in the Facebook &ldquo;Insect group&rdquo;, my friends noticed that one of the beetles has reddish legs and that it is another species, probably Lilioceris faldermanni (L.lilii has black legs and black had). <br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/78310/lilioceris_lilii_-_scarlet_lily_beetle.html" title="Lilioceris lilii - Scarlet lily beetle"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1332/78310_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1576713610&Signature=RVEjmrrkH90HgYGLbAhHCxtY4TE%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Lilioceris lilii - Scarlet lily beetle Spotted on Fritillaria pontica leaves. L.lilii is the one with black legs. The other beetle with reddish legs is L.faldermanni. Photo of this species follow. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Asenovgrad,Bulgaria,Chrysomelidae,Coleoptera,Europe,Geotagged,Insect,Insecta,Leaf beetle,Lilioceris lilii,Lily leaf beetle,Nature,Red lily beetle,Rhodope mountains,Scarlet lily beetle,Spring,Wildlife" /></a></figure><br />
The question is that this species was endemic to Caucasus, but recently has been recorded in Turkey and Greece and just nowadays in South Bulgaria. Notably it turned out that this was only the 4rth record of it in Bulgaria and never in that place. Furthermore, the specialists told me, that it has never been reported to feed on leaves of Fritillaria sp. Unfortunately, I did not have another photo of it&hellip; <br />
Therefore, at my friends&#039; request, yesterday I jumped into the car, driving 180 km to the place, found the flowers and the beetle, took a few pictures and took a sample to give to entomologists for a survey.<br />
Very cute nice creature, about 6-7 mm long.<br />
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Lilioceris faldermanni

Behind this photo is a pretty interesting story. A few days ago, I took a photo of a pair of Scarlett Lilly Beetles on a leave of Fritillaria pontica, but when I published it in the Facebook “Insect group”, my friends noticed that one of the beetles has reddish legs and that it is another species, probably Lilioceris faldermanni (L.lilii has black legs and black had).

Lilioceris lilii - Scarlet lily beetle Spotted on Fritillaria pontica leaves. L.lilii is the one with black legs. The other beetle with reddish legs is L.faldermanni. Photo of this species follow. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Asenovgrad,Bulgaria,Chrysomelidae,Coleoptera,Europe,Geotagged,Insect,Insecta,Leaf beetle,Lilioceris lilii,Lily leaf beetle,Nature,Red lily beetle,Rhodope mountains,Scarlet lily beetle,Spring,Wildlife

The question is that this species was endemic to Caucasus, but recently has been recorded in Turkey and Greece and just nowadays in South Bulgaria. Notably it turned out that this was only the 4rth record of it in Bulgaria and never in that place. Furthermore, the specialists told me, that it has never been reported to feed on leaves of Fritillaria sp. Unfortunately, I did not have another photo of it…
Therefore, at my friends' request, yesterday I jumped into the car, driving 180 km to the place, found the flowers and the beetle, took a few pictures and took a sample to give to entomologists for a survey.
Very cute nice creature, about 6-7 mm long.

    comments (4)

  1. WOW! So cool!!! Nature always has lots of surprises for us, doesn't she? :)

    Great find and we all appreciate you documenting this for us all to see!
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thank you, Lisa! I am so happy when I can help with my photos. Most probably some of the photos will be used in a scientific publication! Posted 6 months ago
      1. Congratulations! Posted 6 months ago
  2. Worth the effort, what a story Jivko :) Posted 6 months ago

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Lilioceris faldermanni is a leaf beetle in Chrysomelidae family.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded May 1, 2019. Captured Apr 30, 2019 14:14 in Бачковско шосе, 4230 Asenovgrad, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • f/2.8
  • 1/100s
  • ISO3200
  • 100mm