False ladybird

False ladybird
False ladybird

A colourful creature for All Saints’ Day after too much witches’ butter and dead man’s fingers.

Endomychus coccineus is a scarlet beetle, which is often mistaken for a ladybird.  No ladybird has the same distribution of four black spots on each wing cover with a black mark in the centre of the pronotum.

It eats fungus under the bark of dead or dying trees so should be very happy on the broken beech.

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