This beetle with an extraordinary long name literally fell out of the sky and landed on my glasses as I walked through a forest – a nature lovers dream! With only a body length of up to 8mm, the colouration is such it makes for perfect camouflage amongst the foliage and forest floor debris. Note the chalky-white band across the scutellum and white bands on the antennae.
The larvae feed in dead twigs of broadleaved trees and shrubs, especially oak.
The adults are seen April to June, sometimes autumn. Found in deciduous woodland. Widely scattered over England and Wales, absent in Scotland.
May 2013, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire. © Pete Hillman 2013.