Day 26 of 30 Days Wild – Longhorn beetles

It’s great when you come across something you have never noticed before.

There are 69  species of Longhorn beetles in Britain and I probably walk passed plenty every day while out taking photos, but I’ve never really stopped and looked at them before. They have long antennae, which are often as long as or longer than the beetle’s body

This one is a Spotted Longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata). It can be found along hedgerows and woodland margins during May until August. It is one of the easy ones to spot, the adults are commonly found on ‘umbel flowers’ (I had to look that up). The word umbel was taken to be used in Botany from Latin umbella “parasol, sunshade.

Spotted Longhorn beetle

Spotted Longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata)


The second Longhorn beetle I came across was a Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn – Agapanthia villosoviridescens

This one is mainly found in meadows and hedgerows. Adults feed on Hogweed, Cow Parsley and nettles. Most seen in May and June.

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn – Agapanthia villosoviridescens

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Day 26 of 30 Days Wild – Longhorn beetles

  1. ljaynature says:

    great photos Alex. You’ve inspired me to go and look for some longhorn beetles now. I didn’t know there were so many

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  2. Zoomology says:

    Lovely observations! Longhorns are gorgeous critters, aren’t they?


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