Thick-legged flower beetle

The thick-legged flower beetle is commonly seen on the flowers of ox-eye daisies and other open-structured flowers. They are a common occurrence in gardens in the South of England.

Fast Facts

Latin name: Oedemera nobilis

Notable feature: Metallic green and thickened hind legs on males

Rarity in the UK: Rare / Common

Where in the UK: Widespread across the UK, common in Southern and South East England

A beetle of many names

The thick-legged beetle is often known by other names including the swollen-thighed beetle and the false oil beetle.

A fine weather beetle

The thick-legged flower beetle is a pollinator of many open-structured flowers including cow parsley, ox-eye daisy and ­­­ bramble. The adults can be seen from April to September but the larvae are well concealed within the dry stems of plants where they feed and grow before emerging to become adults. These beetles are most frequently spotted in bright sunlight on flower heads on warm to hot days.

How you can help

Planting open structured flowers such as daisies, roses and cornflowers can attract thick-legged flower beetles into gardens and provides them with a source of pollen. Buglife has helped plant wildflower meadows in cities across the UK, including Glasgow and Plymouth, which we are hoping will help attract thick-legged flower beetles into our cities.