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