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Jul 31, 2010 9:58 PM

Orange and black beetle

Can anyone identify this Orange and black beetle, please?

 

Many on our plum tree leaves, today July 30 2010, but nowhere else.

Similar to a ladybird. About 7mm long.
Is not disturbed when its leaf is plucked, and remains static.
Sometimes does a headstand, completely vertical.

 

There are holes in the leaves, but they don't seem to be eating them, although they are firmly attached.

 

Is it benficial, benign or harmful?

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