Black and yellow longhorn beetle

Black and yellow longhorn
Black and yellow longhorn

 

“Rutpela maculate” is also commonly known as the ‘black and yellow longhorn’ – the pattern is variable but the tapered wing casings feature four broken black bands.  The beetle can be up to 2cm long.
The adults like to feed on nectar from flower heads such as hawthorn, hogweed or cow parsley.

The larvae live in rotten wood, especially birch and pine, and emerge into adults in May.

 

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