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Scientific name:  Gastrophysa viridula

Size:  Approx 5 to 7mm long

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  March to October

Habitat:  Fields, woodland edges, roadsides, and beside ponds and streams

Food:  Dock and Sorrel plants

Special features:  Green Dock Beetles have bright green metallic coloured bodies which can look gold and green in sunlight.  The females are usually larger tthan the males with an enlarged abdomen.

The larvae look similar to ladybird larvae and can vary in colour from dark grey to brown in colour.

Green Dock Beetles hibernate through the winter as adult beetles.

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