Wasp Beetle

Clytus arietis – Well, here was go again. It looks like a wasp, but does not sting … for it is really a beetle! Usually seen in hedgerows and well wooded areas. The larva feeds on decaying wood. I found this one on my shed door. Double-click image to zoooooooom in closer.

Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis

© Peter Hillman ♦ 8th May 2020 ♦ rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

20 thoughts on “Wasp Beetle

    • I have to agree, Linda, beetles are so cool! 🙂 And this was a wonderful new visitor to the garden for me. Yep … many insects try and take the wasp cloak to make them look more fearsome than they actually are. Another piece of amazing nature.


    • It was an exciting find, Ark. Just sitting there on my shed door as I walked by talking to my sister on the phone. I had to end the call so I could get my camera. But after a couple of shots it flew off!

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  1. A very striking pattern on this beetle. You have an amazing variety of insects around your home. Very nice shot too.

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    • It’s a brick built shed with a upvc door, so just a wipe down, and no more painting. They appear to be attracted to the white, but I always prefer to photo them in a natural setting if I can.

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