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Clytus ambigenus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Clytus ambigenus (syn: Clytus arietis) (NL: Kleine wespenbok / EN: Wasp beetle / DE: Echte Widderbock, Gemeine Widderbock oder Wespenbock) is a wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle species in the genus Clytus. (In evolutionary biology, mimicry is the similarity of one species to another which protects one or both. This similarity can be in appearance, behaviour, sound, scent and even location, with the mimics found in similar places to their models.) Clytus ambigenus reaches 9–18 mm in length, and flies well in sunshine from May to July, often visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. It is harmless but is protected by its wasp-like colours and movements. The larvae live in dead wood. It also emanates a wasp buzz-like noise when threatened.

Image: Bornem (BE) - 06/05/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm