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Flower Beetles in the UK

Last summer I spotted a rectangular, green beetle on my patio.  Its metallic shiny green body sparkled in the sun, it was indeed an attractive creature, with long antenae and gauze like delicate wings (elytron – beetles have 2 pairs of wings; one pair acts as protection to the more delicate other ones underneath).  Being no entomologist myself, and relatively new to beetles, I had no idea what it was. 

A British flower beetle photographed by Lofaesofa - thank you for the use of your photo!

A British flower beetle photographed by Lofaesofa - thank you for the use of your photo!

On a recent web search on flower beetles I came across my answer: it was a type of British flower beetle.  A thick-legged flower beetle, Oedemera nobilis.

British flower beetle photographed by Mountainashe - thank you for permission to use your lovely photo.

British flower beetle photographed by Mountainashe - thank you for permission to use your lovely photo.

There is another photograph that is part of a set with the above one, taken by Mountainashe, just click *HERE* (several sizes available).

This is the other photo by Mountainashe - clicking this photo will take you to the largest one, other sizes are available through the link above.

This is the other photo by Mountainashe - clicking this photo will take you to the largest one, other sizes are available through the link above.

About 1 cm in length, it is only the males who have the thick – or frog – legs.  They live throughout the UK and can be spotted in gardens and hedgerows.  Named Flower Beetles as they feed on flower pollen. 

I’ve included some links below for your perusal 🙂

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R e f e r e n c e

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elytron

http://www.uksafari.com/fatlegbeetles.htm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lofaesofa/2631225609/sizes/o/in/photostream/

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Copyright Stephanie Faith 2011
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