Subject: Black and yellow striped insect
Geographic location of the bug: South Wales UK
Time: 12:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this insect on my patio table in late may. Don’t know wether it relevant but we had just taken a large tree down. Never seen one before. It definitely jumps as it jumped straight at me. Didn’t appear to be making any sounds. Legs were definitely more of a red orangey colour. What bug is this?
How you want your letter signed: Yvonne the gardener
Dear Yvonne the gardener,
Because it is such an effective mimic, this Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, Clytus arietis is commonly called a Wasp Beetle. According to Nature Spot: “It breeds in the decaying wood of deciduous trees. It can often be found in clear view, resting on leaves in low vegetation. Presumably its yellow and black colours warn off any predatory birds!”