Common Malachite Beetle

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. © Pete Hillman 2014.

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