Cordylepherus viridis

    Description

    Similar in appearance to the more common Malachius bipustulatus, but can be separated with detailed examination. Cordylepherus viridis is slightly smaller and bluer than M. bipustulatus.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Flower meadows, on flowers and grasses.

    When to see it

    Summer

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in England south of The Wash, much scarcer further north.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map