Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Longhorn beetle



I noticed this head peeping over the handrail of the footbridge .....



.... across Thornhope beck, near Wolsingham in Weardale, last Sunday. It quickly retreated under the rail ....



....... but turned out to be this very handsome two-banded longhorn beetle ....


..... which goes by the name of  Rhagium bifasciatum. Its larvae feed inside decaying conifer wood.



6 comments:

  1. These shots are very impressive. It is beautiful.

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    1. A lovely beetle - and very obliging! Stayed still for just long enough

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  2. Hi Phil. It's a remarkable coincidence that you published this post just hours after I put a post on my blog in which I show what I'd thought to be a Longhorn Beetle. I'm not so sure now as mine looks a little different. Are there several species of Longhorn Beetles?

    Keep up the good work.

    Best regards - - - - Richard

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    1. Hi Richard, yes there are quite a few. Some of them seem to like to land on hogweed umbels.All the best, Phil

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