Red Beetle

While taking some photos of wild strawberries the other day I noticed this beetle on a late-flowering Veronica.

A giant ladybird?

No, a Cryptocephalus bipunctatus. (My sister identified it for me!)

I’ll just call her Dotty.

By the way, the German name (Zweipunktiger Fallkäfer) translates as a Double-Spotted Falling Beetle, as it apparently drops to the ground suddenly when threatened.

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