Belongs to: beetles

Longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata

Best time to see: Jun to mid Jul

Key facts

Longhorn beetles are woodland species with long attenae, slender bodies and long legs; they are woodland species

This species can be found in summer along hedgerows and woodland margins

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


A large beetle with distinctive yellow and black markings, probably designed to deter predators; 13–20mm


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

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