Common Reed Beetle Donacia vulgaris

Common Reed Beetle
Common Reed Beetle
Common Reed Beetle
There are several similar-looking golden metallic Reed Beetles that live on waterside reeds in the UK. They grow to some 12mm. The Common Reed Beetle is coppery golden with iridescent rainbow colouring in the centre of the back. It has an angular, flatter end than the Golden below. The Zircon Reed Beetle also has longditudinal rainbow stripes, but is reduced to only a few sites in the UK.

Golden Reed Beetle Donacia simplex

Golden Reed Beetle
Golden Reed Beetle
Golden Reed Beetle
The Golden Reed Beetle is a paler, more uniform gold and has a rounder flat end. D. clavipes is a similar shape to D. simplex but is more greenish gold. The two-toned, D. bicolora, and D. semicuprea are other Leaf Beetles in the Reed Beetle complex in the UK that are similar in looks and habitat.