Tumbling flower beetles

Mordellistena cervicalis

Mordellistena cervicalis

Tumbling flower beetles get their name from their habit of dropping from flowers tumbling down when molested. They are rather small, humpbacked and wedge shaped, their most striking feature is their pointy rear end, which causes the characteristic tumbling movement. Sometimes they are called pintail beetles. Most of them are black, but some have a reddish head or gray color and also other patterns.

They are frequent flower visitors, but probably not very good pollinators.

Habitat. Open fields, meadows

Season. Most common between June and August

Flowers. Often found on wide open flowers, Queen-Anne’s-lace and members of the daisy family

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