The Swollen-thighed Beetle

Oedemera nobilis. I don’t know how it came by the ridiculous name of “Swollen-thighed Beetle” I would have called it the “Swept-elytra Beetle” or something more descriptive. The female hasn’t got swollen thighs.

Male Swollen-thighed Beetle

Male Swollen-thighed Beetle

Male Swollen-thighed Beetle

Male Swollen-thighed Beetle

Male Swollen-thighed BeetleSo that is the male Swollen-thighed Beetle. That was nearly two weeks ago and since then I have been searching for a female. In the end I had to invent Spear Thistles just to get her attention.

And it is the elytra and not the thighs that identify this animal, the open and pointed wing cases. Technically she should be green but this one is getting on a bit (Just like me, she used to be green)

Female Swollen-thighed Beetle

Female Swollen-thighed Beetle

Female Swollen-thighed Beetle

Female Swollen-thighed Beetle

Female Swollen-thighed BeetleSo these are about now. Keep your eyes open for a little green beetle and if it has got open and pointed elytra then you will know that it is a Swollen-thighed Beetle.

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