I’m walking along a stretch of the River Otter in Devon. The sign says there are Beavers here.
There’s a green leaf beetle with an exceptionally metallic sheen on this leaf.
It’s only 5 or 6 mm long. It’s so fat it must be pregnant.
Further on I notice Dock plants which have been stripped of all the fleshy parts of their leaves. All that’s left is this lattice:
I stare at a few and realise they are all like it. I turn one leaf over and find the culprit:
It looks like a Ladybird larva but I don’t think it is. It must be some sort of beetle larva though:
On one leaf are a pile of bright orange-yellow eggs. I wonder what they are?
Then I realise. The eggs are the eggs which hatch into the larvae and the larvae are the ones which pupate and turn into the beetles:
They are the Green Dock Beetle, Gastrophysa viridula. A true jewel.