Subject: Beautiful green/gold beetle
Location: Värmdö, Sweden
July 16, 2015 6:20 am
I found this beauty outside my house in Värmdö, Sweden, around noon today (July 16).
It’s about 7 cm long, all in all.
Do you know what it might be?
Signature: Sam

Musk Beetle

Musk Beetle

Dear Sam,
In attempting to identify your Longhorned Borer or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, we soon found a FlickR posting identified as
Aromia moschata.  Upon researching that name, we next discovered the common name Musk Beetle on the Eakringbirds.  According to the Wildlife Trusts:  “The Musk Beetle is a long, narrow-bodied longhorn beetle that has very long antennae. The larvae live in the wood of willow trees (particularly pollards), taking up to three years to develop. The adults can be found on flowers and tree trunks near to wetlands during the summer. The adults emit a musky secretion, hence the common name.”

Location: Värmdö, Sweden

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