Belongs to: beetles

Compare with: dor beetle

Bloody-nosed leaf beetle Timarcha tenebricosa

Best time to see: Mar to Oct

Key facts

The largest of a family of beetles that feed on plants; produces a red fluid from its mouth when threatened

Found in rough grassland including on roadside verges, eating bedstraws such as goose-grass; flightless; up to 11mm long

Other leaf beetles, such as the asparagus beetle (2nd pic) are garden or agricultural pests

© Tony Gunton

© Tony Gunton