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Green Dock Beetle

Gastrophysa viridula


The length of the green dock beetle varies between sexes, with the males being 4 mm and the females being 7 mm. During the mating season, females have enlarged abdomens. Both sexes are green with a metallic shimmer, which, depending on the light, can be gold green, blue, purple, violet, or red. The legs of this species also shimmer a metallic green, and are strongly built. The antennae are serrated and are medium in length.


The green dock beetle is commonly found in central Europe. Its range extends eastward into western Siberia and the Caucasus Mountains. They are found in heathlands, forests, meadows, and gardens.

1 species ID suggestions

Ashish 3 years ago
Green Dock Leaf Beetles
Gastrophysa viridula Gastrophysa viridula


LarsKorb 3 years ago

Thanks Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

lovely photo Lars ! - I like the water droplet around the smaller beetle's "foot"

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Of course Ashish ! Don't think for one minute I was bothered by that.
You should add one thing to you list... try to have fun as well !
I was joking... now I'll just go back to sleep... :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Hey.. Argy... here is no competition... finding accurate answer is important... that is learning...
We all respect Sir Edmond Hillary's ( kept alongwith Great Tenzing Norgay) secret Who climbed Mt Everest First. With nature there is no competition.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Oh... too slow!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Lars one is nicer. Maybe more like this.?.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 3 years ago


LarsKorb 3 years ago

Thanks a lot Ashish - we solved it simultaniously :) Just found it out myself :)
(Info added, too)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Lovely spotting Lars..!!

MartinL 3 years ago

Is this a blister beetle similar to this short winged one?

achmmad 3 years ago

Right, no privacy on bug!

LarsKorb 3 years ago

thanks Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 3 years ago

Lovely picture. Nature's expressing love. :)

Jeannette 3 years ago

I know Daniele :)

LarsKorb 3 years ago

Yes, it's the abdomen, Jeannette

DanielePralong 3 years ago

I meant the eaten part of the leaf Jeanette!

fede1 3 years ago


manuelap1 3 years ago

Love it!!!!

vale1 3 years ago


Jeannette 3 years ago

That looks odd, is it the big black thing the abdomen?

DanielePralong 3 years ago

And there is a heart shape at the back:-)

Schönstedt, Freistaat Thüringen, Germany

Lat: 53.47, Long: 10.37

Spotted on May 10, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012

Spotted for mission

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