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Clanoptilus elegans - female tasting male excitators A couple of Clanoptilus elegans busy at their fore-play ritual, with the female getting all excited by tasting the excitatory glands at the end of the male&#039;s wings.<br />
Incidently, this was also the first couple of this species to be collected in the Netherlands(!) Clanoptilus,Clanoptilus elegans,Cleroidea,Coleoptera,Excitatory glands,Geotagged,Malachiidae,Malachiinae,Melyridae,Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

Clanoptilus elegans - female tasting male excitators

A couple of Clanoptilus elegans busy at their fore-play ritual, with the female getting all excited by tasting the excitatory glands at the end of the male's wings.
Incidently, this was also the first couple of this species to be collected in the Netherlands(!)

    comments (5)

  1. Cool observation! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks Christine, I have to admit this was in captivity with a male and female collected at the same "location" but not near each other, so it did help that I brought them together :o) Posted 5 months ago
      1. You're a matchmaker, lol Posted 5 months ago
        1. who knows ... if all else fails ... new career opp :-P Posted 5 months ago
          1. Hehe! Posted 5 months ago

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''Clanoptilus elegans'' is a species of beetles belonging to the family Melyridae, the soft-winged flower beetles. It is found in Europe.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Jun 12, 2019. Captured in Vlietberg 3A, 6576 JB Ooij, Netherlands.