Hainault Forest Website
A poem by Sarah White
Spare a thought for the thick-thighed beetle,
to be stuck with a name like that.
A perfectly elegant beetle
not even remotely fat.
His body is slim, his ankles are trim
his tummy is really quite flat.
In fact he’s a bit of a dandy
With a coat iridescent green
a smart exoskeleton,
no cellulite on,
a remarkable figure is that.
Yes they are well developed
but like muscles, well toned and just right
for when danger comes near
no need to fear
the thighs help him
© Sarah White 2007
Photo © Sarah White 25th July 2007.
The Flower beetle Oedemera nobilis is common in the forest in 2007. It feeds on the pollen of many flowers. The wing cases or elytra are pointed and they gape showing the wings.
It is the male that sports the enlarged hind femora hence the name "Thick- thighed beetle". The female is thinner and lacks the enlarged hind femora.
Photo far left shows a male and two females on a wild rose.