Crioceris duodecimpunctata

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Crioceris duodecimpunctata
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Dorsal view
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Lateral view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Criocerinae
Genus: Crioceris
Species: C. duodecimpunctata
Binomial name
Crioceris duodecimpunctata
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Chrysomela 12-punctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Lema dodecastigma (Suffrian, 1841)

Crioceris duodecimpunctata or Spotted Asparagus Beetle is a species of shining leaf beetles belonging to the family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Criocerinae.

The length of beetles varies from 5 to 6.5 millimeters. The colour of head, pronotum and elytra is reddish-orange, while scutellum is black. On the elytra there are twelve black dots.

It feeds on Cucurbitaceae and asparagus species. The larvae feed only on the asparagus berries, being the second most important pest of this plant, while adults prefer tender shoots and leaves.

They are found in the whole Palearctic ecozone, including the British Isles.


  • Babilas V. F. Kagan, C. Piekarski - Handbook of plant protection - New York, Agricultural and Forestry Publishing House, 1982
  • Karl Wilhelm Harde, Frantisek Severa and Edwin Möhn: The cosmos beetles Guide: Central European beetles. The Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co KG, Stuttgart 2000

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