A rare gem across the pond, the ubiquitous Scarlet Malachite Beetle roams all over North America.
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England to conserve this beetle's population there. Surveys are being performed to try to locate population sites for conservation efforts. Malachite is a green mineral and this black and red beetle may exhibit a greenish hue in certain light. Two bits of red on the pronotum peek out at the shoulder area. The black abdomen has white bands around it. Legs and antennae are black.
This beetle is a member of the Soft-winged Flower Beetle family. The Scarlet Malachite Beetle can be found in areas filled with flowers and hedges. Adults eat other insects as well as pollen from the flowers they visit. They are active in late spring to early summer and may not be seen again until the next year. Larval grubs are found in the ground, under leaf litter.
Scientific Name: Malachius aeneus
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35in to 0.47in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.