Monday, 3 July 2017

Thick-legged beetle

Photo: Simon Harding

Simon's photo of a field scabious flower shows a male thick-legged beetle (Oedemera nobilis).  You can see the swollen femurs on the hind legs, which shows he is a male.  Look at the patterning on his irridescent green thorax and the length of his antennae.

My rather inferior cropped image of a yarrow flower head shows a female of the same species, without those enlarged femurs.

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