Melyridae

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Malachite Beetle - Malachius bipustulatus
Malachite Beetle - Malachius bipustulatus

 

Melyridae are a family of soft-winged flower beetles, there are about 20 species in the UK, and 1,600 species world wide. The larvae are predatory mostly living in rotting wood or under bark, the adults mostly feed on pollen and nectar, though some may feed on other insects visiting flowers. These beetle can be brightly coloured, and some species have orange structures along the sides of the abdomen and most are covered with bristly hairs.

 

 

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