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Close-up of an enemy

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I can’t say this white-spotted rose beetle is beautiful; I know too much about it.

It’s perched (if that’s the right word because its hold is so delicate) on an aquilegia flower.

White and yellow are the colours which attract its kind so pale yellow is spot on, but did the stiff petals prove a challenge?

The thin petals of a rose get chewed to mushy stubs but this aquilegia is still intact.

I intended to put the beetle in the pond to sink or swim, but it slipped off the flower into the flower bed.

One more to mangle the roses.

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