|Male Red Longhorn Beetle (Stictoleptura rubra) in Norfolk|
So, here are the facts:
- They are very rare it looks like, there has only been about 54 records, according to the Nation, in all of the UK.
- The bulk of the UK population is found in Norfolk but it has been spreading North and West recently.
|Trying to get in close|
- The five most Northerly records of these beetles were found by my friend Dr. Roger Key. Well done Roger :-)
- They are about 19mm in length.
- Juveniles are found of various Pine Trees, Firs and Larches.
- Adults, like most Beetles, visit flowers for nectar and pollen, these like thistles and brambles.
- The adults have been described to be found at the height of Summer, July and August I'm guessing.
- The one I found was a male which isn't as brightly coloured as the female which have far more red wing cases and where the common name of Red Longhorn Beetle comes from.
Here are a few links to some more information:
NBN Gateway - Longhorn Beetles - Distribution map
Hope you enjoyed,