Emerald and gold

Butterflies are having a bad year and are thin on the ground, so I have been entertaining myself with other little beasties. This beautiful, iridescent emerald-coloured beetle is a member of the flower beetle family with the name Oedemera nobilis. It has several English names too such as thick-legged flower beetle or swollen-thighed flower beetle, although only the females have the fat thighs. It eats flower pollen and nectar and is pictured on a common-rock rose.

Emerald thick-legged flower beetle on a common rock rose flower
Emerald thick-legged flower beetle on a common rock rose flower