(often considered as a sub-family within the family Melyridae)
5 June 2016
Differs from similar species in having second antennal segments yellow to red.
Adults of this family are found on flowers and may play some role in pollination.
Larvae thought to be predators on other larvae boring in wood.
(similarly, often considered as a sub-family within the family Melyridae)
Cambridge, Gwydir Street. On honeysuckle
15 May 2002
Although only 4mm long, the adult is a predator of even smaller insects. Larvae are predatory on the larvae of wood-boring beetles.
Cambridge, Perse Girls School Nature Reserve TL44645709
8 Sep 2015
Has a preference for wetter areas around reedbeds and margins.
Feeds on flowers and small insects.
Common Malachite Beetle
Cambridge, Byron's Pool TL44645709
26 May 2015
Adults are predators hunting on flowers and amongst grasses; larvae hunt under tree bark.