Rutpela maculata (NL: Gevlekte smalbok / EN: Spotted Longhorn / DE: Gefleckter Schmalbock / FR: Lepture tachetée, Leptura maculata) is a beetle species of flower longhorns belonging to the family Cerambycidae. This beetle is widespread in most of Europe, in East Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East. The adults grow up to 13–20 millimetres and can be encountered from May through August, completing their life cycle in two-three years. Adults only live two-four weeks. The head and pronotum are dark-brown, while elytra are yellowish, with black dots and stripes, rough imitations of wasps, which probably gives them some protection from birds. The adults are very common flower-visitors, especially Apiaceae species, feeding on pollen and the nectar.
Image: Schilde (BE) – 12/06/2012
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