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have agreed,but I have it down as Strangalia maculata just wondered has the name changed
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 http://www.coleopterist.org.uk/ has an up-to-date list of names.
This one looked rather different from one I had identified last year (see http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/70650?nav=users_observations), so is this quite a variable species?
What lookalikes do we need to be wary of in the UK?
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:
Clytus arietis (Wasp Beetle)
Photos of these are on the website:
Lat/Lng: 50.9118633, 0.1550806
OS grid ref: TQ515146
Park Corner Heath (Butterfly Conservation reserve): wooded path en route to heath itself