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Does anyone know what this bug is ? We've seen a couple round the garden. One was on the Sweet William & another on the Lillies. Is it a goodie or baddie?

On plant Four Banded Longhorn Beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata).




I think it is a goody but cant remember its name. if no one here can id it send photo to the natural history museum, they are doing an id offer at the moment.

26 Jul, 2010


Thanks SBG - it had big fangs

26 Jul, 2010


Yes, it's one of the Longhorn Beetles (their grubs eat wood). Not sure of the exact species though.

26 Jul, 2010


Got it! Four Banded Longhorn Beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata).

26 Jul, 2010


Thanks Fractal - is it harmless ?

26 Jul, 2010


Yes, completely.

26 Jul, 2010


I'm sure i saw this one on another gardening forum i look at, the person had posted a picture of hers and it looks just the same.

Have a peek at www., click on forum (it'll bring up another window) and go to 'Wildlife' and you'll be able to compare it with theirs and read their info.

27 Jul, 2010


As I use this site too I have added the correct species name to it.

I wouldn't care but I had already commented on it though didn't look into it any further than just accepting the species of Longhorn Beetle suggested (which is similar) but the black markings on that named species are not as regular.

27 Jul, 2010


Looked at the other site Fractal & think I found your answer - thanks.
Four Banded Longhorn Beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata) ? Still looks scary to me & makes my skin crawl but at least you advise it's a good one so it'll be welcome here - thanks :o)

29 Jul, 2010

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