Oedemera noblis

The Thick-legged Flower Beetle, also known as the Swollen-thighed Beetle, prosaic names for a spectacularly iridescent insect

Oedemera noblis is now a not uncommon beetle in large parts of southern Britain. However, as recently as the early 1990s it was relatively scarce.

The males have greatly enlarged femora, hence the common names, but this is absent in females, as above.

They can be found on a range of flowers from April through to August eating pollen, usually in bright sunshine when they are most active. They have bright metallic green elytra that are typically pointed and gaping.