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Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus)
Very nice to see this behaviour , the male (on the left) cupping his antennae around the female's head - the male does this to pass on pheremones to the female as part of their courtship/mating, and the yellowish basal segments of the male antennae are expanded for this purpose. Many thanks to Martin Harvey on iSpot for providing me with the explanation of the behaviour here. This sighting was also the 250,000th record on iSpot.org which was very cool!!