Common Malachite Beetle


Malachius bipustulatus – I occasionally spot these on my local summer walks. They are only a small beetle at around 5-8mm (3/16-5/16in) long, but the bright red spots give them away. Kind of reminds me of that final scene in Jurassic Park. Double-click to enter the staring contest.


Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus

Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 7th July 2019
Place: Local field, Staffordshire


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.