The speckled longhorn beetle

I spent yesterday in a meeting room at the Fingle bridge Inn discussing our forthcoming Heritage Lottery Fund application for Fingle Woods with the Woodland Trust. It was a lovely sunny day and occasionally I did manage to get outside to enjoy the weather – during one of those breaks I managed to see this longhorned beetle.

Judolia cerembycifromis2
It is known as the speckled longhorn beetle (Pachytodes (Judolia) cerambyciformes)

Judolia cerembycifromis1
It is a small and rather active beetle that is regularly attracted to flowers such as this Cotoneaster.

Judolia cerambyciformisIt has rather a southern distribution and is quite common in the south west, Wales and Surrey, Sussex and Kent. It flies on the wing between June and August. The larvae feed for two years in the deadwood of various conifers and broadleaved trees. Keep your eye open for them – this weather is perfect for them.

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