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Melasoma vigintipunctata (16)
batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
I discovered this small beetle also on my daily inspected Salix caprea bush. The picture posted yesterday and many others such "Break Dance", Right Direction!", "Wrong DIrection?" and "Micro-Insects" originate from the same bush.
Species identity:
- Melasoma vigintipunctata
- family: Chrysomelidae
The colour pattern and its size may misguide you to put into the family Coccinellidae.
According to the literature, the species is found occasionally from April to August preferentially on Salix.
Body length: about 7 mm.

On the young and fresh plant the signs of feeding by the beetle can be detected: the leaf basis below the beetle.

- natural light
- ISO 400

REFERENCE
* Harde K.W. & Severa F. (1981) Der Kosmos-Käferführer. Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Zahradnik J. (1985) Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Paul Parey, Hamburg, Berlin.

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batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Photoshop, shadows
Edited by:meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)

In Photoshop I cleared up the shadows quite a bit. Wit stamp I removed some smudges. I cropped the pic for more asymmetry. See what you hink about it.
Dietrch