Life can be funny. What happened was almost alike to a parallel universe. Because I was looking up on the net for the id of these beetles I’ve recently seen. Finding the answer from whoever but myself! who mentioned the id of this beetle 9 years ago on my old iloveflowerbeetles blog. Well!
I’m seeing LOTS of insect life in my garden since the virus lockdown and the councils throughout Britain have STOPPED cutting the hedgerows – meaning more wildflowers and more insects. More butterflies: Cabbage Whites; Red Admiral and Peacock. And more unique looking beetles including: a British Flower beetle with ‘frog legs’ discovered on the kitchen sink drainer, (the photos in this reblogged post), and, a female version of the same beetle but with the thin legs, discovered hopping from my head onto my chest. John could not believe my excitement! I get all in awe of beautiful beetles.
O I do miss the days of keeping exotic bugs. If anyone is in Thailand and has any live frog (Sagra) beetles I’m very interested in buying 😀
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…
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