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Green Dock Beetle

Gastrophysa viridula

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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
Ashish 2 years ago
Green Dock Leaf Beetles
Gastrophysa viridula Gastrophysa viridula

21 Comments

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 2 years ago

Thanks Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

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

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Oh... too slow!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

Lars one is nicer. Maybe more like this.?. http://www.flickr.com/photos/73722735@N0...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

Stunning,

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 2 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Lovely spotting Lars..!!

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago

Is this a blister beetle similar to this short winged one?
http://uconnladybug.wordpress.com/2010/1...

achmmad
achmmad 2 years ago

Right, no privacy on bug!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 2 years ago

thanks Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 2 years ago

Lovely picture. Nature's expressing love. :)

Jeannette
Jeannette 2 years ago

I know Daniele :)

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 2 years ago

Yes, it's the abdomen, Jeannette

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

I meant the eaten part of the leaf Jeanette!

fede1
fede1 2 years ago

lovely

manuelap1
manuelap1 2 years ago

Love it!!!!
;)

vale1
vale1 2 years ago

amazing!!!=)

Jeannette
Jeannette 2 years ago

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 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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