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Clytus arietis - copula Old shot (2009) of Clytus arietis in copula, mostly to demonstrate variability in size (in some other forum) Cerambycidae,Clytus,Clytus arietis,Coleoptera,Wasp beetle Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Clytus arietis - copula

Old shot (2009) of Clytus arietis in copula, mostly to demonstrate variability in size (in some other forum)

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  1. Awesome! That is a big size difference! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Yes, a member of our Dutch critters forum knew the species from some smaller specimen and was confused by the size of a bigger one, thinking it must be different species ;o) Posted 10 months ago

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Clytus arietis, the wasp beetle, is a wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle species in the genus Clytus. It reaches 9–18 millimetres (0.35–0.71 in) in length, and flies well in sunshine from May to July, often visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. It is harmless but is protected by its wasp-like colours and movements, making it a Batesian mimic. The larvae live in dead wood. It also emanates a wasp buzz-like noise when threatened. They can be seen wandering around on flowers from late spring to early.. more

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Jun 10, 2018.