Hi! This year I found a little red beetle in my garden. I was looking at it when it started to make an odd hissing noise, I went to get my camera and it was gone when I came back so I was wondering what it was. It had bright crimson wing cases and the rest of it was black, obviously it had six legs (otherwise it wouldn't really be a beetle) and I think it had a pointed face. If you still have no idea what I'm saying then it sort of like a black beetle but smaller (maybe about a centimetre long) exept for the red wing cases. Does anyone know what it is?
It looked like a small red version of these beetles
From personal experience of red hissing beetles I would say this is the Red Lilly Beetle Lilioceris Lilii. Its grubs are a terrible pest to the lilly grower. Pity as it is such an attractive beetle. As a child I would collect them from the lillys in my Mothers garden in a jam jar and listen to them hiss at each other, before I released them a good bike ride away from the house.
Yes, it's a red lily beetle. I have some on my lilies and I was amazed when I found out the noise they can make! I'm not sure of the mechanism - most insects make noise (stridulate) by rubbing parts of their body together, but not sure about this one.