Common Green Colonel

Oplodontha viridula


Over all length 6 - 8mm. The thorax is dark with a dull brassy tone. The abdomen can be mint-green or cream, with a dark central mark.


Sunny, well vegetated areas close to water. The Large Gravel Pit and Slurry Lagoons are attractive to this insect at the reserve.

Status and distribution

Widespread but local in the south of Britain.

Best time to see

Late May to August.