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Variimorda villosa

The Tumbling Flower Beetles make a small family of tiny beetles. All members have a pointed rear. In most Western European countries there are 20 to 30 species only. And most species are not often seen. Variimorda villosa is the big exception, though, for it is very often seen in gardens, feeding on flowers. The lighter spots on the body can have all kinds of colours: white, gray, yellow or brownish. It measures around 5 to 8 mm. The larvae live in old, decaying poplar wood. Variimorda villosa is scientifically also known as Mordella fasciata.