Wasp Beetle

The Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) is completely harmless; it just mimics a wasp brilliantly, as a means of defence from predatory birds. It also emanates a wasp-like buzzing noise when threatened. Typically, it grows from between 9 and 18mm and can be found in hedgerows and wooded areas from May until August on leaves in low vegetation. Pollen is the main source of food, although females will also eat small insects. This specimen was photographed on the Village Green in May 2016.

It breeds in the decaying wood of deciduous trees and its larvae live and feed inside the rotten wood. It is common and widespread in England and Wales, but scarcer in Scotland.