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Oulema melanopus - Cereal Leaf Beetle
They are major agricultural pests. They decimate crop populations of wheat, oats, barley, rye and other grasses.
There are several biological solutions, but in Europe, where the species is native, scientists have experimented with several pesticides, but sometime this solution is worse then the problem :(

Many thanks Fizgig for the ID and the info !

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12 comments - The latest ones
 Eve
Eve
Belle macro !!
Sans filet ...:-)
6 years ago.
 Zucchi57
Zucchi57
Bel close-up !
Ma cos'è: una coccinella abbronzata? :)))
6 years ago.
 cammino
cammino club
So nice!
6 years ago.
 El pare
El pare
... e senza rete !!
Grandissima profondità di campo.
6 years ago.
 Fizgig
Fizgig
Looks like a Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema melanopus).... They are major agricultural pests. They decimate crop populations of wheat, oats, barley, rye and other grasses.

Nicely captured, though ;)
6 years ago.
Nora Caracci club
has replied to Fizgig
many thanks, I'm happy to learn something about what I capture :)
6 years ago.
Fizgig
has replied to Nora Caracci club
In recent years they've used parasitic wasps to control these critters. Pretty horrible way to go, though, as the wasps lay eggs inside the beetle larva and the resulting larva of the wasp eats its way out of the host. Gruesome, but it has proven the most effective and biologically safe method of controlling these beetles. Outbreaks here in the US have been known to decimate whole fields of crops in very little time.
6 years ago.
 ctofcsco
ctofcsco
This wonderful image was admired in:
For the Cure:

Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
6 years ago.
 Danielle
Danielle club
Une superbe capture **********
6 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Awesome close-up.
6 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
J'aime beaucoup ! *******

Bon week end, Nora.
6 years ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Excelente macro..
6 years ago.

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