Arhopalus rusticus


    A large longhorn beetle reaching about 25 mm in length and occasionally bigger. It is a uniform mahogany brown in colour

    Similar Species

    Very similar to Arhopalus ferus but separated by the third tarsal segment which is deeply divided in A. rusticus but only less than half divided in A. ferus.

    Identification difficulty

    It favours conifers, mainly Scots Pine and Norway Spruce.

    When to see it

    It is largely nocturnal and often hides under bark by day, but is most often seen when attracted to light after dark.

    Life History

    The larvae live in both standing and fallen trunks/stumps of conifers and take up to 2 years to become fully grown.

    UK Status

    Originally a Scottish species, this beetle has spread widely with the widespread use of conifer plantations across England in recent years.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 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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