Rhagium mordax

Description

This is a yellow beetle with brown and black mottling and two eye-like spots on its wing-cases. For a 'long-horn' beetle, it has relatively short antennae.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

The adult favours open-structured flowers, particularly Hawthorn and umbellifers where it feeds on nectar and pollen. Can be found in woods and hedgerows in most parts of Britain and is most often seen around flowers or in hedgerows in country areas.

When to see it

Adults are seen between May and July.

Life History

The larvae are found in the very rotten wood of most species of broad-leaved trees, especially just under the bark.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 34 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Cerambycidae
Records on NatureSpot:
19
First record:
09/05/2003 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
12/04/2023 (Bassnett, Tom)

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