20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Malachite Beetle, Malachius bipustulatus

Malachite Beetle, Malachius bipustulatus, Dark green beetle with elongate narrow body. Eyltra are covered with coarse hairs which are visible. Both sexes have large brilliant-red eversible sacs, called cocardes, along the ventral surface of the thorax and abdomen that emit defence odours.Size: 5.5-6.0mm Larvae are highly pedatory, consuming small isnects and eggs as well as slugs. Active:April-August. Habitat: grasslands, flowery meadows 0665vsen7C19_06_18sR.jpg Vsenory, Czech Republic Canon 7D EFS 60 2.8 1/320 f/4.5 iso 320 6/18/2019

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Czechia
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Mary C Legg