Four-spotted Pot Beetle

Cryptocephalus decemmaculata

Red and black, seemingly mimicking a ladybird, she is known as a pot beetle. Her name is gained from the way she cares for her eggs. As she lays each egg she holds it in her hind limbs before covering it in a waxy secretion as well as some of her own droppings in a process known as ‘scatoshelling’. She will then drop the egg within its little pot near woodant nests. The ants will now pick up the egg and take it inside their home. Once hatched, the tiny pot beetle larva will feed on plant debris inside the ants’ burrows.