Common Grammoptera

Grammoptera ruficornis

Description

Body length 3 - 7mm. Small, blackish longhorn with reddish legs and red and black  banded antennae, with the second antennal segment elongate. Fine hairs on the elytra give them a silky sheen. There are two other very similar species so care must be taken when identifying this longhorn.

Habitat

Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae develop beneath the bark of branches infected with fungi and the adults can be seen on flowers, especially umbellifers.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in southern England and Wales. Less common in the north of England and uncommon in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and common at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.