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.
An example of excitators on the tip of the fore wings can be seen here:
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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