First longhorn beetle of the year for me
The Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata)
A common species which can be quite active and flighty during warm weather
We held our Dartmoor Senior Leadership Team meeting at Finch Foundry yesterday – I got there early so I could take a few photographs of the garden.
The garden also attracts lots of insects – here is a tree bumblebee – a species that has only recently arrived in the UK. See here for further details of the arrival of the tree bumblebee
Finch Foundry is well worth a visit – see a bit of old industrial Devon and a beautiful garden – see here for more details.
In the space of less than an hour I found (well bumped into really) 4 different black and yellow longhorn beetles (Rutpela maculata) in the wet meadows and woodland edge at Parke. Unusual to see so many individuals in such a short space of time and so close together. (Some sources give Rutpela maculata the common name of the spotted longhorn).
These adult beetles live for about 4 weeks but the larvae live for up to three years in damp rotting wood of various broad-leaved trees particularly birch.