Green Dock Beetle - Gastrophysa viridula


Length 4 to 6 mm. A small green-golden beetle the elytra often seem to have a sheen.

Identification difficulty

Usually found on Dock plants, it can be seen anywhere that Dock is present, such as roadside verges and field margins. It is often seen near to water.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

The gravid female is very noticeable. Her body becomes so swollen that the wing cases are totally displaced. The larvae feed on Dock leaves.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 105 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Species profile

Common names
Green Dock Beetle
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/06/2007 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
25/06/2024 (Isabel Raval, Stephen Gray, Fliss Manning, David Barber, Neil Hubbard, Mike Higgot, Lindsi Donovan)

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