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Spotted longhorn
Spotted longhorn

Spotted longhorn
The spotted longhorn (Rutpela maculata) is a species of the genus Rutpela, in the order beetles (Coleoptera), the suborder Polyphaga, the infraorder Cucujiformia, the superfamily Chrysomeloidea, the family longhorn beetles, long-horned beetles or longicorns (Cerambycidae), the subfamily Lepturinae and the tribe Lepturini. Strangalia maculata and Leptura maculata are scientific synonyms for this species. The spotted longhorn is widespread from Western, Central and Southern Europe to West Asia. It is found throughout Germany butis only occasionally encountered.
Rutpela maculata
Rutpela maculata
Adult Rutpela maculata reach body lengths of 14 - 20 mm. Their bodies are elongated and slimly built. Their base colour is black. The antennae are alternately black and yellow. The wing covers (elytra ) are yellow, usually with black markings towards the front. There are spots / patches on the wing tips, more or less associated with black crossing bands. The markings and colouration of the wing covers vary greatly in this species, and they serve to mislead other insects through wasp mimicry.
Longhorn Beetle - Rutpela maculata
Longhorn Beetle - Rutpela maculata
There are specimens whose elytra are completely yellow and those in which they appear almost black. The legs of these beetles are also alternately black and yellow. These colour patterns, as well as those on their antennae, occuronly in the spotted longhorn. By rubbing their wing covers on their hind legs they can produce chirping sounds.
Rutpela maculata can be found from June to August in different habitats. They prefer deciduous forests, clumps of bushes or meadows with open areas. These beetles are diurnal and are often found on hawthorn or the parsley family, where they feed on pollen, nectar or parts of flowers. The preferred food plants of the adult beetles also include thistle(Cirsium arvense), orchid, chervil and hogweed.
The larvae of Rutpela maculata develop in rotten wood from deciduous trees (beech, oak, birch, hawthorn) and occasionally from conifers (pines), which they feed on leaving long tunnels. They pupate at the end of these passages after the last larval stage and hatch later as adult beetles.

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1. Spotted longhorn
2. Rutpela maculata
3. Longhorn Beetle - Rutpela maculata
Sources, links and more informations
Rutpela maculata in commons.wikimedia
Rutpela in species.wikimedia
Rutpela maculata - a longhorn beetle
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