Belongs to: beetles

Longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata


Best time to see: Jun to mid Jul

Key facts

A family of beetles with long attenae, often longer then their bodies

The species shown here can be found in summer along hedgerows and woodland margins

Recognition

A large beetle with distinctive yellow and black markings, probably designed to deter predators

The adults feed on nectar, favouring wild flowers such as hawthorn, hogweed or wild rose

Lifecycle

Larvae develop in fallen trees or stumps, often tunneling deep into the wood

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Photo © Tony Gunton