Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Rutpela maculata


Body length 13 to 20mm. The head and body are black. The elytra are yellow with variable black markings, normally at least two complete bars towards the tips and spotting nearer the shoulders. The legs are mainly yellow.


Deciduous woodland where the larvae feed on rotting wood. The adults can often be seen on flowers such as umbellifers.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in the southern half of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.