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Common Malachite Beetle Was tucked inside a flower making it hard to get a decent shot - but I do like the 'tentacle' like appearance of the flower next to the beetle. Coleoptera,Common Malachite Beetle,Geotagged,Malachius bipustulatus,Spring,United Kingdom,beetle,insect Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Common Malachite Beetle

Was tucked inside a flower making it hard to get a decent shot - but I do like the 'tentacle' like appearance of the flower next to the beetle.

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''Malachius bipustulatus'', the malachite beetle, is a species of soft-winged flower beetles belonging to the family Melyridae subfamily Malachiinae. In case of necessity, this beetle can release a smell that deters predators. The males attract females producing special secretions from its antennae.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pducros
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Uploaded May 27, 2015. Captured May 25, 2015 16:45 in Osterley Lane, Isleworth, Greater London TW7 4RB, UK.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/18.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm