Common Malachite Beetle

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Malachius bipustulatus

Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus

The large red spot at the rear of each shiny green elytron is characteristic of this species. Length 5 to 8mm.

Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus

The larvae hunt other invertebrates under loose bark, whilst the adults feed on pollen.

Seen April to July, and mainly found in grassy areas near woodland. Common and widespread throughout Britain.

May 2014, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. Β© Pete Hillman 2014.

8 thoughts on “Common Malachite Beetle

  1. Love the color of that yellow flower, Pete! 🌼 And what a beautiful beetle! I like how the flower’s pollen has covered the beetle. ☺️

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  2. Love your photos. Interesting to see pollen all over this beetle. He looks very good on that beautiful yellow flower.

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    1. Thank you, Peggy πŸ™‚ This was the first time I had ever spotted one of these beetles, and I was delighted, especially with the colours and the pollen.

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