Hi, can I just make an observation please. Only a personal opinion but wouldn't the Rosemary Beetle be the better ID here. I'm sure you are right with Garden Lavender but it is by no means certain, to me anyway. Whereas the Rosemary Beetle is unmistakeable.
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Thanks for your comment. I added this observation first because of the Rosemary beetle, but there is a new feature in Ispot that I wanted to test which focuses on the interaction between one species and another. Now insect visiting flower is not as exciting an interaction as Spider eating fly, but it is an interaction.
...the point of putting this observation up.
This is supposed to be the Plants section, and I would expect to have photos of the leaves, and the overall form of the plant, not just a close-up of the flower spike.
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Thanks for your comment. It is the interaction between the two species that I am observing here.
Ispot has a new 'interactions' feature looking at the links between species.
Rosemary beetles are considered an invasive species having been in the UK since only 1994, so their common and uncommon interactions may be interesting to someone. For example, I find this beetle on lavender and sage in my garden, but not on the just as accessible rosemary.
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