Stenurella melanura

    Description

    A small (6 to 10 mm) longhorn beetle. The elytra appears a golden tawny brown fading to black, all other parts including head and legs are black.

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    Habitat

    Well wooded areas, parks and meadows where they will visit a range of flowering plants.

    When to see it

    Between May and September.

    Life History

    Larvae bore longitudinal or undulating galleries in the sapwood of slender branches, trunks or decaying stumps, more especially in damp areas.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England, particularly in the south, less common elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Ketton record of 6th July 2013 is the first in VC55 since 1907. There were only 5 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015 and only 2 of those came in the last 100 years.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map