Rutpela maculata Poda, 1761 ♀♂ ♥
Common names: Spotted Longhorn [En], Lepture tachetée, Strangalie tachetée [Fr], Gevlekte smalbok [Nl], Gefleckter Schmalbock [De].
Durbuy, LUXEMBOURG ● Belgium
Description: The Spotted Longhorn is a common European longhorn beetles. The length of the adult is 15-20mm, with very long horns black and yellow. Females are larger than males.
This is a large longhorn beetle with a very variable pattern of black and yellow markings, probably mimicking a wasp but totally harmless.
Biology: The larvae develop in old, damp and decaying dead wood of broad-leaved trees including stumps and fallen branches, tunnelling deep into decaying heartwood.
Adults are most often seen on hawthorn or umbel flowers in June. It is widespread and common in southern Britain, particularly along hedgerows woods. It frequently comes into gardens for nectar flowers where there are trees or hedges in the area.
Host plant: Deciduous trees (Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, Salix, Alnus, Populus, Betula, Corylus etc.).
Distribution: Europe, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Syria, North Iran.
Hoskovec M. & Rejzek M., Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) of the West Palaeartic Region