Flower Beetle

While out this week I spotted a new bug to add to my photograph collection! This is the flower beetle (Oedema nobles) or fat legged beetle. The male beetle has larger back legs than the female, and is the reason they are sometimes called the fat legged beetle.

Male flower beetle
Male flower beetle (Technical info: focal length 100mm, 1/1000 at f/9, ISO 1000)

This metallic green beetle feeds on pollen during Spring and summer. I noticed that it had a very “clumsy” flying style too – almost falling onto the buttercups!

female flower beetle
Female flower beetle. (Technical info: focal length 100mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3 ISO 500)

They were very pretty to watch flying around the wild flowers, the metallic wings shining in the sunlight!

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