Common Malachite Beetle - Malachius bipustulatus

Description

Length: 5.5-6 mm. Easily recognised by the twin red spots on its metallic green elytra.

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Habitat

The adult beetle is a predator and is found mainly on vegetation, where it hunts on flowers and amongst grasses.

When to see it

From April to July/August.

Life History

Later in its season, it is also found on trees where it lays its eggs in cracks in the bark. The larvae are predacious on smaller insects living under the loose bark of trees.

UK Status

Widespread and common in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 111 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map