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Sep 18, 2013 6:20 PM

Quinoa-infesting insect (beetle?) ?

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Any ideas what this insect is? Adult at the bottom, slightly younger version at the top. A very big adult example might be 5mm long, but most are smaller than that, I think. They can fly. Found in London, infesting my quinoa flowerheads in their thousands, but not appearing to do much damage (I observed them for a while, but really couldn't tell what their game is - pollen eaters?) Never seen before in five years of gardening, and only ever seen on quinoa, which I grew for the first time this year.  Any help much appreciated!

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