Ischnomera cyanea

    Description

    This beetle is about 12 mm long with bright iridescent blue/green elytra (wing cases), which sometimes gape to expose the body or wings. The top sections of its back legs are quite swollen.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Adults are found on many flowers including those of Hogweed and Hawthorn, often near hedgerows or wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Usually seen in spring and summer with late May seeming to be the peak time.

    Life History

    Although the adults are found on flowers, the larvae develop in relatively soft white-rotting heartwood of a great variety of broadleaves.

    UK Status

    This species is fairly common over much of England but with fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 35 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map