Hedobia imperialis

    Description

    A fairly small species with a very distinctive brown and buff patterning.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found around old Hawthorn hedges.

    When to see it

    Peak time is May to July.

    Life History

    The larva is a wood borer, usually in Hawthorn.

    UK Status

    Once considered scarce this beetle has now become more widespread in the southern half of Britain, although it is still infrequent.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 17 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map