The thick legged flower beetle

The common name of this beetle has always been one of my favourites! Oedemera nobilis is known as the thick legged or swollen legged flower beetle. The males of the species have very swollen back leg thighs – the females don’t . Unfortunately my photos are of a female …. I will attempt to photograph a male in due course. This is a common beetle at this time of year – often seen on flowers where it eats the pollen. The green colour is enhanced in sunshine by  an iridescent coppery shine.

Oedemera nobilis 1Oedemera nobilis

Oedemera nobilis 2Greens and coppers abound

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.