Green Dock Beetle – Gastrophysa viridula *St Davids, Wales*


Mating Dock Beetles , the female below has the swollen abdomen.

Length 4 to 6 mm. A small green-golden beetle the elytra often seem to have a sheen.
Usually found on Dock plants, it can be seen anywhere that Dock is present, such as roadside verges and field margins. It is often seen near to water.
When to see it
May and June.
Life History
The pregnant female is very noticeable. Her body becomes so swollen that the wing cases are totally displaced. The larvae feed on Dock leaves.
UK Status
Common and widespread in Britain.