Scientific Name: Clytra arietis (Cerambycidae).
English Name: Wasp Beetle (Longhorn beetle family).
5 Key Characters:
- a remarkable wasp mimic, both in terms of colouring (black and yellow), and behaviour (moves like a wasp, waving its antennae, and can even make a buzzing wasp like sound).
- pronotum (thorax) very rounded.
- 9 - 18 mm long.
- flies well.
Lookalikes: Plagionotus arcuatus, which has a different pattern of yellow bands, in arcs and spots.
Habitat: Sunny gardens, hedges. Larvae live in fence post and dead hardwoods. Visits flowers.
Adult Active Period: May-June-July.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: