Orange beetle ID'd by Oron as Hycleus (Mylabris) scabiosae

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Orange beetle ID'd by Oron as Hycleus (Mylabris) scabiosae
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:10:53 pm »
I'm not sure if this is a pest or just a colourful visitor in our garden, it seems to prefer chicory, at least that's where I found the one I photographed here. Does anybody know the name of this beetle? It may be  in the Chrysomelidae family, possibly a Crioceris sp., but if so, which one? It is large, I would guess 2-2.5 cm long, with fairly long antennas.

_6261582 Orange beetle on chickory.jpg by JorunT, on Flickr
« Last Edit: June 27, 2014, 08:43:13 am by Alisdair »
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Re: Orange beetle
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 10:13:25 pm »
Jorun
Looks like  Hycleus (Mylabris) scabiosae
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Re: Orange beetle
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 06:16:27 am »
Thank you, Oron. It's a good idea not to touch it/squash it then, since it may give you blisters?
Retired veterinary surgeon by training with a PhD in parasitology,  but worked as a virologist since 1992.
Member of the MGS  since 2004. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.