Wasp Beetle Clytus arietus
Wasp Beetle, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, May 2008 - click for larger image Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England

The Wasp Beetle is found in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Iran. In Britain it is scarce in Scotland.

Through mimicry it looks like a wasp and it also flies jerkily like a wasp. This gives it a degree of protection from predators. It is one of the few longhorn beetles to be seen in gardens where it visits flowers, woodpiles and fence posts. The larvae feed on dead wood including fence posts.

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