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Malachius bipustulatus - Male dorsal Same male, with details of head, antennae and excitatory glands:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79365/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_antenna_w._excitators.html" title="Malachius bipustulatus - Male antenna w. excitators"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79365_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=2yS%2F2GQj1C29jh9pUqoUy4NAKoE%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Malachius bipustulatus - Male antenna w. excitators The males of Malachite beetles (Malachiidae) carry excitatory glands (&quot;excitators&quot;) on their body - special organs that attract females. In the various genera these excitators are located at different positions on the body. In Malachius the excitators are placed on the first antenna segments, making it easy to recognize males of Malachius by these conspicuous protuberances.<br />
An example of excitators on the tip of the fore wings can be seen here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/54489/anthocomus_equestris_-_male.html <br />
More images of same individual:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79364/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_dorsal.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79366/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_head_ventral.html" title="Malachius bipustulatus - Male head ventral"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/79366_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=FS24ZfqMSRBVd%2BhIhWvTYd3bHSE%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="Malachius bipustulatus - Male head ventral Ventral view at the head and the excitators on the antennae of this male Mal.bip.:<br />
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Malachius bipustulatus - Male dorsal

Same male, with details of head, antennae and excitatory glands:

Malachius bipustulatus - Male antenna w. excitators The males of Malachite beetles (Malachiidae) carry excitatory glands ("excitators") on their body - special organs that attract females. In the various genera these excitators are located at different positions on the body. In Malachius the excitators are placed on the first antenna segments, making it easy to recognize males of Malachius by these conspicuous protuberances.<br />
An example of excitators on the tip of the fore wings can be seen here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/54489/anthocomus_equestris_-_male.html <br />
More images of same individual:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79364/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79366/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_head_ventral.html Cleroidea,Coleoptera,Excitatory glands,Malachiidae,Malachiinae,Malachite beetle,Malachius,Malachius bipustulatus,Melyridae

Malachius bipustulatus - Male head ventral Ventral view at the head and the excitators on the antennae of this male Mal.bip.:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79364/malachius_bipustulatus_-_male_dorsal.html Cleroidea,Coleoptera,Excitatory glands,Malachiidae,Malachiinae,Malachite beetle,Malachius,Malachius bipustulatus,Melyridae

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''Malachius bipustulatus'', the malachite beetle, is a species of soft-winged flower beetles belonging to the family Melyridae subfamily Malachiinae.

The body is 5–7 millimetres long, the head and pronotum are brownish, while elytrae are shining metallic green with a bright red spot at the end. Along the sides of the abdomen this species has a peculiar structure with orange poaches.

These beetles mainly inhabit meadows at low altitudes. During the day they stay on herbs and.. more

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded May 21, 2019.