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Yellow-and-black beetle

Observed: 3rd June 2011 By: guyatmbe
Butterfly Conservation
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Rutpela maculata interacts


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have agreed,but I have it down as Strangalia maculata just wondered has the name changed


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Yes the name has changed from Strangalia maculata to Ruptela maculata. Not sure how recently it changed, as my book guides still use Strangalia. The website has an up-to-date list of names.

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Thanks - and variation question

This one looked rather different from one I had identified last year (see, so is this quite a variable species?

What lookalikes do we need to be wary of in the UK?


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There does appear to be some

There does appear to be some slight variation, especially with the top row of spots, I'm not sure why (not that familiar with this group), could be natural variation within the species or a male/female difference.

Some potential look-a-likes are other longhorned beetles which have yellow colouring:

Leptura aurulenta
Leptura quadrifasciata
Anoplodera sexguttata
Pachytodes cerambyciformis
Clytus arietis (Wasp Beetle)
Saperda scalaris

Photos of these are on the website: