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Longicorn beetle

Stictoleptura stragulata


Stictoleptura stragulata is a longicorn beetle of about 10-15 mm long, and copper and black colours combined . It is a common flower visitor. Males are somewhat more slender, which is common in the Cerambycidae family. The tip of the abdomen slightly overlaps the elytra. The head, the pronotum and the apical end of the elytra are always black and the front of the copper-colored elytra, although the relative size of one and another color varies in the elytra and the antennas, complicating the identification. Copper and black shades alternate in elegant stripes on the antennas in the majority of specimens, although there are also those with antennae nearly black. The larvae feed on dead pine trunks while adults feed on diverse flowers


Spotted at a clearing surrounded by pine trees at the mountains. Parque Nacional de Sierra de Guadarrama


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec., f/11, ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired.

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Castilla y León, Spain

Spotted on Jul 6, 2016
Submitted on Oct 13, 2016

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