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Lesser Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle - The Hollies, Shropshire

Observed: 18th February 2012 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Pogonocherus hispidus - The Hollies-4
Pogonocherus hispidus - The Hollies-10

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting The Hollies, a Wildlife Trust reserve and SSSI in Shropshire. Part of the Stiperstones area, the reserve is named after its amazing ancient Holly trees, some thought to be around 400 years old. See:
There was lots of evidence of beetle activity in the form of small holes in the Holly wood, but the only beetle I actually saw on a very cold day was this longhorn. It's one of my favourites, with spectacular ornaments on its back, and has larvae that develop in the dead twigs of Holly and other trees.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lesser Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle (Pogonocherus hispidus) interacts