beetle - Dendroxena quadrimaculata

beetle - Dendroxena quadrimaculata

Observation - beetle - Dendroxena quadrimaculata - UK and Ireland. Description: Found on low vegetation in mixed woodland. The same species was on iSpot recently: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/135758 where we were discussing whether or not it was egg-laying or just ejecting a liquid. The beetle shown here did eject a pungent fluid

Found on low vegetation in mixed woodland. The same species was on iSpot recently:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/135758

where we were discussing whether or not it was egg-laying or just ejecting a liquid. The beetle shown here did eject a pungent fluid when I picked it up, so that appears to be part of its defence mechanism.