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Beetle Wasp Beetle

Wasp Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2008 Isabel Clark
Photo: Isabel Clarke

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Latin name:
Clytus arietis

Size: Approximately 20mm long.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to July.

Habitat: Hedgerows, gardens and woodland edges.

Food: Pollen. Females will also eat small insects.

Special features: Called the wasp beetle for obvious reasons. It does a superb impression of a common wasp.

This is a harmless insect imitating a more dangerous one in order to protect itself.

Click for a better viewWasp beetles are usually seen in bright sunshine scuttling over vegetation. Their larvae live and feed inside rotten wood.


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