One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp.
Clytus arietis, family Cerambycidae
- ‘The wasp beetle is harmless and is common in Britain and most of Europe.’
- ‘In the past, I have been amazed to find hornet's nests and spectacular wasp beetles.’
- ‘We also identified eight different species of ladybird, each with a different colour and number of spots; barn owl and tawny owl; kingfisher; and a wasp beetle.’
- ‘Other beetles that mimic wasps are the tiny wasp beetles of the genus Clytus that have black wing cases decorated with hairy white or yellow stripes.’
- ‘The larvae of the wasp beetle live in dead wood, usually of willow or birch.’
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