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PICTURE: Seen on Buxton Heath, near to the Marsham Arms, Norfolk, June 2013.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is wide spread and moderately common in England and Wales, and is scarce in Scotland. Its wasp like appearance makes appear some what dangerous, but it is in fact quite harmless.

 

LENGTH: 7mm to 18mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

     

FLIGHT PERIOD: This beetle can be found from May through to July, or early August.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Several months fro late summer through to the following spring.

 

HABITAT: These beetles mainly inhabit woodland, though they can some times be found on farm land, and in parks and gardens.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: The larvae feed inside the dead, wood logs and branches of various deciduous trees. Adult beetles live on flower pollen.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Wasp Beetle is quite distinct.

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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