September 23, 2017

Meet Gastrophysa viridula

Bejewelled green beetle

Green Dock Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula)

The helpful folks over at the Beetle ID forum of Natural History Museum’s Nature Plus website, have decided that this is most likely to be a male Green Dock Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula).

As the name suggests, they feed on Dock and the closely related Sorrel and are not uncommon in a variety of habitats. Even though I’m a pretty avid insect spotter, it’s the first one I’ve seen. The fact that he was tiny, only about 4-5mm in length, may be a contributary factor, as he’s undeniably extremely eye catching with his iridescent metallic carapace.

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