By Saffi

Thick Legged Flower Beetle

This beautiful shimmering beetle has rather a disappointing name, but its alternative name is False Oil Beetle (Oedemera nobilis).  The male, which this is, has swollen hind femora whereas the female does not.  It is a pollen eater and can be found in western and southern Europe and in southern England up as far as North Wales and the Wash.  I can't find any more interesting information at the moment!

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