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Judolia (Pachytodes) cerambyciformis
It is a species of beetle belonging to the family Cerambycidae, subfamily Lepturinae (flower longhorns). Larvae eat many species of deciduous and coniferous trees, mainly feeding on the roots of Abies alba, Picea abies, Castanea sativa, and Aegopodium podagraria. In April or May larvae leave the host plant and pupate in the ground. The life cycle is complete in 2 years. The adults grow to 7 - 12 mm long and are often encountered on flowers from May through August. Their light-brown elytra have black spots, which are very variable and sometimes absent.
It inhabited much of Europe and Asia Minor and the Caucasus but not the north. In Central Europe it is a common species, especially in hilly and mountainous areas. According to the Wikipedina.en it is mostly present in the Southern Europe
Can be confused with much rarer find Pachytodes erraticus but it is more shiny and the joints differ http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleckenbind... . Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/272...