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Wasp Beetle Andy

Wasp Beetle (Clytus Arietis)

This longhorn beetle has very striking yellow stripes over a black body, similar to a common wasp, giving the impression that it is a stinging insect. It is, in fact, a totally harmless insect, by imitating a dangerous insect it can be active on sunny days without being attacked by predators. I quite often see these beetles in a local forest visiting flowers to feed on pollen, from May to July, wasp beetle females will eat small insects that visit flowers. The larvae feed on dead deciduous trees and take up to two years to mature. Found throughout the UK, more common in the south.