Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle

Pogonocherus hispidulus

Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle Pogonocherus hispidulus

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.

Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle Pogonocherus hispidulus

The larvae feed in dead twigs of broadleaved trees and shrubs, especially oak.

Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle Pogonocherus hispidulus

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. Β© Pete Hillman 2013.

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16 thoughts on “Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle

  1. I would have jumped a mile if it had fallen on my glasses.

    Actually, I lifted a pot plant off its saucer this afternoon and found a most unusual beetle indeed. Went for my camera but by the time I got back out on the balcony it had gone. I’m still wondering what it was.

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    • It’s always frustrating when you find something interesting when you haven’t got your camera to hand and then it vanishes. Maybe it will turn up for you another time.

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