This is the male Oedemerid Beetle, - Oedemera nobilis -
Also known as the Thick-legged flower beetle. He is sitting on an Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare
This male beetle has the thick area at the top of the hind legs, which is used in mating.
I managed to take only two pictures before he scurried away and out of sight. On this one I was surprised to see how hairy he is. Even the shiniest parts of his legs are covered in tiny little light brown hairs. I hope you can see them.
(photographed 24 May 2007 Hawthorns, Southampton)
.....edit (mid-day ish, today, 31 May) :- Thank you for all the fantastic comments yesterday and the day before. I truly appreciate each and every one. I'll try to answer them very soon. This week is school half-term holiday so I'm a bit distracted, especially as we've been housebound because of appalling weather.
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