Artichoke beetle (Sphaeroderma rubidum) (thanks to Steveo28 for the id)

By chavender  

Tags: Wildlife Nature Outdoors Garden Insect Closeup Close-up and macro Red bug

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21 Jun 2021 7:47AM
Great macro capture,
KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
21 Jun 2021 7:50AM
Newly emerged Ladybirds are plain red until their spots develop - but I don't think this is a Ladybird, the antennae are too long. I haven't found it yet, but will keep looking.

Whatever it turns out to be, you've caught it brilliantly! Smile
johnsd Plus
14 4 2 Scotland
21 Jun 2021 8:22AM
A lovely macro shot Bill.
21 Jun 2021 10:43AM
Spider beetles make up the subfamily Ptininae, in the family Ptinidae. There are approximately 70 genera and 600 species in the subfamily, with about 12 genera and 70 species in North America north of Mexico.[1][2][3][4][5]

Spider beetles have round bodies with long, slender legs. Many species are flightless, either in females only or both sexes. They are generally 15 mm long, and reproduce at the rate of two to three generations per year. They are so named because of a resemblance to spiders. Some species have long legs, antennae that can seem like an additional pair of legs, and a body shape that may appear superficially like that of a spider.[

Good old Wikipedia Smile
chavender Plus
10 515 1 France
21 Jun 2021 10:57AM
Thanks for the info David but not sure as I checked all the variations I could see but found no close match Smile
Whatever it is you have captured it perfectly, two excellent images.
21 Jun 2021 11:03AM
If you go too Wiki. look at the right hand panel and scroll down it is there. I first found it on a Pest Control site who referred me to Wiki for the image. Seems they are a real pest. I had never seenh one before your image Grin
Steveo28 8 12 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 11:47AM
I think it may be Artichoke beetle (Spaeroderma rubidum) .
Steve O
chavender Plus
10 515 1 France
21 Jun 2021 12:13PM
Thanks for the Id Steve and thanks also to Karen and David.
KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
21 Jun 2021 12:16PM
Well done Steve - Yes that's the little critter!! Grin

(Edit: Being pedantic, it's spelt Sphaeroderma rubidium)
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Jun 2021 9:02PM
WOW! what a bright, juicy red!

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