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Family Dasytidae

(often considered as a sub-family within the family Melyridae)

Dasytes virens (Marsham, 1802)

Dasytes virens
  • Location: Cambridge, garden.

  • Date: 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.

  • NBN Atlas

Family Malachiidae

(similarly, often considered as a sub-family within the family Melyridae)

Anthocomus fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Anthocomus fasciatus
  • Location: Cambridge, Gwydir Street. On honeysuckle Lonicera leaf.

  • Date: 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.

  • NBN Atlas

Anthocomus rufus (Herbst, 1784)

Anthocomus rufus
  • Location: Cambridge, Perse Girls School Nature Reserve TL44645709

  • Date: 8 Sep 2015

  • Has a preference for wetter areas around reedbeds and margins.

  • Feeds on flowers and small insects.

  • NBN Atlas

Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Malachius bipustulatus
  • Location: Cambridge, Byron's Pool TL44645709

  • Date: 26 May 2015

  • Adults are predators hunting on flowers and amongst grasses; larvae hunt under tree bark.

  • NBN Atlas


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