Tumbling Flower Beetle

Mordellochroa abdominalis


Over all length 4.5 to 6.5mm. The elytra and head are dark, grey to black, and the abdomen and pronotum are orange/tan. In the male the pronotum is blackish, sometimes with some orange at the base.


Hedgerows, woodland edge and grasslands. The adults feed on nectar and pollen from Hawthorn, Roses and umbellifers. The larvae develop beneath the bark of trees, including Ash.

Status and distribution

Fairly widespread but local in southern Britain, uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to July.