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Scientific Name: Rutpela maculata
Common Name: Longhorn Beetle
Rutpela maculata, more commonly known as the Longhorn Beetle, is a large beetle with a very variable pattern of black and yellow markings, probably mimicking a wasp which may give them some protection against predation by birds. The larvae develop in old, damp and decaying dead wood of broad-leaved trees including stumps and fallen branches, tunnelling deep into decaying heartwood.
Adults appear during mid to late May and, depending on season, and are found until July or August; most often on warm sunny days along hedgerows and woodland margins on Hawthorn or umbel flowers. It is widespread and common in southern Britain. It frequently comes into gardens for nectar flowers where there are trees or hedges in the area.
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