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Cerambycidae: Longhorn beetles

Wasp beetle Clytus arietis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Clytus arietis
  • Location: Cambridge, Gwydir Street; on pear tree.

  • Date: 12 Jun 2001

  • Length: Head + body 13mm

  • Larvae live in dead and decaying timber

  • One of the long-horn family but lacks the typical very exaggerated antennae, perhaps enhancing the wasp-like mimicry.

  • NBN Atlas
Clytus arietis
  • Location: On a traffic sign near Heydon, Cambs. TL4242.

  • Date: 5 Jun 2008

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Agapanthia villosoviridescens (De Geer, 1775)

Agapanthia villosoviridescens
  • Location: Cambridge, Gwydir Street.

  • Date: 13 Jun 2004

  • Larvae bore in stems of hogweed, thistles and other herbaceous plants

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Grammoptera ruficornis (Fabricius, 1781)

Grammoptera ruficornis
  • Location: Cambridge, Gwydir Street.

  • Date: 17 May 2003

  • A small longhorn with red/black banded antennae.

  • Larvae feed on wood of dead twigs. Adults feed on nectar and pollen of flowers.

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Leptura quadrifasciata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Leptura quadrifasciata

Fairy-ring longhorn beetle Pseudovadonia livida (Fabricius, 1776)

Pseudovadonia livida
  • Syns. Leptura livida, Vadonia livida

  • Location: Adams Road Sanctuary (TL437587).

  • Date: 26 June 2012 (Captured & released)

  • Adults often found on Asteraceae flowers. Larvae are thought to feed on the mycelium of fairy-ring fungi, although some authors suggest they live in timber.

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Stenocorus meridianus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Stenocorus meridianus
  • Location: Lime Kiln Close, Cherry Hinton (TL485560)

  • Date: 30 June 2015

  • Very conspicuous when flying with its elytra spread out

  • Concave sides to elytra (in male), brownish femora and antenna bases

  • Larvae are wood-borers on a wide range of deciduous trees and pines

  • NBN Atlas

Red Longhorn beetle Stictoleptura rubra (Linnaeus, 1758)

Stictoleptura rubra
  • Syns. Leptura rubra, Corymbia rubra

  • Location: Cambridge, Gwydir Street.

  • Date: 26 July 2014

  • The female is red throughout the thorax and abdomen.

  • Juveniles often found on various pines, firs and larches. On dead wood and stumps. Adults visit flowers for nectar and pollen.

  • Differs from P. livida (above) by its ochre tibiae and tarsi.

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