beetle

LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,235

Anyone know this gorgeous shiny green beetle. He is a good 2inches long and brighter thsn the pic?

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Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,240

    Oil Beetle I think Lyn. image

    Some of them are now very rare and several thought to be extinct in the UK, so worth getting it properly identified - try here:

    https://www.buglife.org.uk/oil-beetle-survey

     

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,235

    Yes, thats him Bob, he's beautiful and what an unusual reproductive system.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,150

    Wow! I wish I'd found him! 

    The Mediterranean oil beetle - olive?image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,235

    I never crushed him to see what oil came out Pansy. I just used rapeseed oil tonight.

    I have reported him to the buglife site.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,230

    I'd never even heard of an oil beetle Lyn, what a lovely sight image

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    Oh cool, have not seen one for years!image

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