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Help please on the identification of this beetle. The picture was taken in September on nettles on marsh land in Essex UK. I have looked in all my books but to no avail. help will be appreciated.
Try Anthocomus coccineus (rufus), Malachiidae.
This is a beetle in the Melyridae family, likely Anthocomus rufus.
This species lives in marshy areas on late-flowering sedges. Adults fly from August to October.
Thanks for sharing the photo!