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Rutpela maculata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

17 Jul 2012 5:42am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige macro, Johan! Ik wens je een aangename dag.

17 Jul 2012 5:46am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Great macro, beautiful details ! well done !

17 Jul 2012 9:03am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Excellent ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

17 Jul 2012 4:03pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm