Anaglyptus mysticus


The length can be up to 13mm. This distinctive longhorn beetle has elytra with basal 1/3rd reddish/chestnut and the remaining 2/3rds black with 3 to 4 transverse pubescent bands. The thorax is grey/black.  In the melanic variety hieroglyphicus  the basal third of the elytra is black not red as in the standard form.

Identification difficulty

In hedgeside vegetation and old log piles.

When to see it

The adults emerge around April having spent the winter in the pupal cell under bark.

Life History

The larvae feed for two years in dead wood of various broad-leaved trees. The adults then visit flowers to feed, particularly favouring Hawthorn.

UK Status

This species is fairly frequent and widespread in England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but never common. There were a total of 43 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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