This is why longhorn beetles are ace

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 8 June 2010 18:18



Look at this! Agapanthia villosoviridescens or the Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle. One of the few longhorns that does not develop in deadwood, it actually starts off in the stems of Hogweed. Although I did not see this one in Sussex, I am sure they must be about. It's not a rare thing. Look for them in large areas of Hogweed, running up and down the stems. Massive 'Tim Burton' style antennae and a long, parallel-sided body, covered in dense hair are characteristic features. Has anyone seen this in Sussex yet?

I have just noticed that beetles have become the most frequent label I have used on this blog, beating birds now by one!

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