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Red and blue beetle

Dicranolaius bellulus

Description:

The beetle is bright red in colour with four metallic blue/green spots on the elytra. Female as a male the antenna 3rd segment is enlarged. Noticing mine is quiet hairy compared to others spotted !!! maybe the tassie climate ;)

Habitat:

This species of beetles are partly predacious. They search over plants during the day. They eat eggs, larvae and other slow-moving insects, pollen

Notes:

Red and blue beetle (Dicranolaius bellulus) - According to the TIA Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture - a big pest in our potato fields. Also known as a Pollen Beetle. The egg, larval and pupa stages are in the soil.

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CharliePrice
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CharliePrice

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Mar 9, 2015
Submitted on Mar 12, 2015

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