Common Malachite

Malachius bipustulatis


Over all length 5 - 8mm. The head and pronotum are metallic green and the face pale brown. The elytra are metallic green with a red spot at the end of each one. The abdomen is bright red and black and protrudes slightly beyond the elytra.


Woodland edge and hedgerows.  Adult and larvae are predators on other insects.

Status and distribution

Commonest in the south, East Anglia, the Midlands and east Wales. Uncommon in the north of England and absent from Scotland. Common and widespread in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to August.