Two-banded Longhorn Beetle - Rhagium bifasciatum

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Classification Order: Coleoptera– Long Horns Family: Cerambycidae

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Length 22 mm

Phenology Spring and summer.

Identification A large species of longhorn beetle that may reach 22 millimetres long and can be distinguished by the two prominent pale yellow bands on each elytron although up to seventeen different patterns have been recognised

Life Cycle .Like other longhorn beetles, R. bifasciatum lays its eggs in dead wood, mostly of coniferous trees, where they bore deep, broad tunnels until they are ready to pupate after about two years. Adults feed on a wide variety of coniferous and broad-leaved trees.

Habitat The adults are commonly found on tree trunks, often in woodland and occasionally on low vegetation.

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By User:Stemonitis [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons