Four-banded Longhorn Beetle - Leptura quadrifasciata

Alternative names
Strangalia quadrifasciata
Description

Length 11 to 20 mm. Although the patterning varies it is a distinctive species, with the four yellow bands running across its elytra.

Similar Species

Rutpela maculata.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It is associated with old woodland but can also be seen on flowers such as umbellifers.

When to see it

Most regularly encountered during the summer months.

Life History

Its larvae are wood-borers in old tree trunks, stumps and logs.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local distribution it is generally fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map