Long Horn Beetles on the Mosses
By Bury Wildlife, Jun 7 2015 09:28AM
Longhorn beetles belong to the family Cerambycidae. There are currently 67 UK species, including some accidental imports. In GM there are several species and in Bury as well. Many are common and easily noticed due to their bright colouration. Most species can be distinguished by their conspicuously long antennae which gives rise to the longhorn name. They are typically long bodied and long legged beetles.
They also show a large size range and most are active by day, when the adults generally feed on nectar and often visit the flowers of Hawthorn, Dogwood and Umbellifers along woodland rides. Longhorn larvae feed within the timber of woody plants with some considered pests. I have spent several visits on the Manchester Mosses. This is the area between Salfard Wigan and warrington and is considered some of the most valuable habitat in the UK. Much has been removed for garden Peat but this is changing and although to a untrained eye they seem a bit bleak I hope to convince this is not the case. These three Longhorn Beetles were found on the mosses in the last month and appear to be barely recorded in GM. Almost certainly overlooked these impressive beast show just how much there is to find. More to follow. The pics are as follows Rhagium mordax , Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens , and Tetrops praeustus.