Beetle on a dock leaf

Female dock leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) (c) Duncan Hutt

Swollen female dock leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) (c) Duncan Hutt

Normal sized dock leaf beetle (c) Duncan Hutt

Normal sized dock leaf beetle (c) Duncan Hutt

The dock leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) does exactly as its English name suggests and are found on docks and related plant species, often in damp areas.  These beetles are fairly common and widespread and are a shiny metallic green, often looking golden and sometimes bluish.  Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the fact that the females get an extremely swollen abdomen full of eggs just before laying.  The beetles are only about 5mm long and they tend to drop off if threatened although the swollen females sit tight.

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One Response to Beetle on a dock leaf

  1. They are so beautiful, swelling and all.

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